NEWPORT NEWS, Va. 19-points from Jasmin Johnson and 11-points from Kara Hiatt were not enough for the Southern Virginia Women's Basketball team as the fell to Apprentice 83-60. The Knights were unable to overcome a big first half from the hosts, and fell to their eighth loss of the season.
SVU showed positive signs from the game, as they broke out for 8-three pointers in the contest. This marks the most they have scored in the past five games, and is a positive for Head Coach Mike Harmon heading into the second semester.
SVU fell behind early, and headed in to the break down 44-28. The Knights were 11-of-35 from the field and could not stop the Shipbuilders from getting to the free-throw line as the hosts took 15 trips in the first term. The free-throw shooting for the Builder proved the difference as they converted on 13-of-15 from the line in the first half and 21-of-27 overall for the game. In contrast the Knights were only able to get to the line eight times for the entire game, converting six of those chances.
SVU coaches were satisfied with a second half performance in which they improved from the first half, but were unable to get closer to Apprentice. The Knights finished the day shooting 23-63 from the field and 8-24 from three-point range. SVU pulled down 40-rebounds in another strong display on the glass, but fell to a familiar foe, as they turned the ball over 24 times.
SVU returns to action Jan. 11 as they host UVA-Wise. The tip off is scheduled for 5:00 in Knight Arena. SVU is now 4-8 on the season.