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Furman Women Down Converse In Exhibition Basketball Action, 77-47

Brittany Hodges
Brittany Hodges

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sarah Durdaller scored 16 points and Brittany Hodges added 14 points and a game high 15 rebounds to lead Furman past Converse, 77-47, in women's basketball exhibition action Monday evening at Timmons Arena.

Furman opens its 2012-13 season on Friday when it entertains Tusculum at 7:00 p.m.

The Paladins used a pair of baskets by Durdaller and Teshia Griswold to grab an early 8-0 lead and quickly pushed their advantage into double digits on the way to the comfortable victory.

Durdaller's 16 points, registered on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, came in just 19 minutes of action while Hodges, the SoCon's reigning freshman of the year, tallied her double-double in a squad high 25 minutes.  All 14 Paladins in uniform saw action.

Samira Gillcrese paced Converse with 12 points and eight rebounds.  Amber Mooney also scored 12 points for the Valkyries, who shot just 13-of-44 from the field (29.5 percent).

Griswold produced 12 of her 13 points in the first half, and Kelsey Ellis rounded out Furman's double-figure scoring effort with 11 points in just 10 minutes.

Furman forged a 60-40 rebounding advantage and harried Converse into 32 turnovers, which it converted into 32 points.  The Paladins shot just 32.6 percent from the field, connecting on just 28-of-86 shots.