CONWAY, S.C. The Southern Virginia Women's Basketball team fell to a tough Coastal Carolina team in their third game of the season. SVU was the outmatched opponent against an NCAA D.I opponent that barely missed making the NCAA Tournament a year ago. The Knights were led in coring by Kezia Ford and Jasmin Johnson as they fell to the Chanticleers 89-20.
"It's definitely a tough loss," said Head Coach Mike Harmon. "They (Coastal Carolina) is a great team, you can't take anything away from them. However, I think we were a little overwhelmed by the experience. Our freshmen need to recognize you play your game regardless of the opponent. It's a lesson game for us."
The Knights were behind early, as the hosts went on a 19-0 run to start the game. SVU was unable to contain Coastal as they had several different runs of double digits, and put the game away early, as they finished the first-half up 38-6.
a positive for Harmon and staff will be the advantage the Knights had in rebounding as they pulled down 36 boards to the Chanticleers' 31. Amanda Prestwich led the Knights in boards as she pulled down five offensive and two defensive boards. Prestwich also led all layers in rebounds for the game. The knights also suffered on the offensive end as they gave up 51-turnovers on the night.
"If we can learn from this game, and get better, than the experience will be worthwhile," said Harmon. "Everybody loses games, but great teams learn from the losses. We need to get better in a lot of areas, and this game will help show us where to start."
SVU now stands at 1-2 on the season. The Knights return to action Nov. 20 as they travel to Newport News, Va. to take part in the Great Ships Classic hosted by the Apprentice School.