MILIGAN COLLEGE, Tn. Despite 14 points from Cara Joyner, the Southern Virginia Women's Basketball team could not avoid the a loss against Milligan, falling 66-48. The opening game for the 2009-2010 season featured a tough NAIA opponent for the Knights. After a successful 2008-2009 campaign, the new-look Knights were still looking to click on both ends of the court.
"It's a work in progress," said Head Coach Mike Harmon. "We have to replace some key elements from last year's squad. We're young, and it will take some time to figure out who we are. I'm encouraged with the performance regardless of the outcome."
Joyner was 6-10 from the field and chipped in two free throws for the night. Forwards Kezia Ford and Amanda Prestwich put in 10 points apiece to back up Joyner and keep the game close for the visitors.
At the end of the first half the Knights trailed the Lady Buffaloes 31-24. SVU was unable to overcome the Lady Buffalo rebound advantage, and hurt itself with 33 turnovers for the game. The Knights did not have an answer for the hosts' bench, which scored 29 points.
"We have five freshmen and three sophomores on the team," said Harmon. "Our youth will be a challenge to us. We're going to have to grow up quickly. We have talent, and it will just be a matter of growing together as a team."
The Knights fall to 0-1 on the season. SVU returns to action Nov. 7 when the team travels to play Winston-Salem. Tipoff is set for 6:00.