UNIONTOWN, Pa. The Southern Virginia Women's Basketball team could not get a third straight win against Penn State-Fayette, falling 62-56. The Knights had beaten the Roaring Lions on two separate occasions earlier in the season. With the momentum of two big wins against USCAA foes, SVU was looking for a sweep of PSF, and their first three game winning streak of the season. PSF had other plans and with the help of hot first-half shooting, put the visitors into an early hole.
The half-time score favored the Roaring Lions, 37-20, and created an insurmountable climb for the visitors. SVU fought valiantly behind 14-points apiece for Jessica Anderson and Kara Hiatt. The two combined for 50% of the Knights total, and helped the team to a 13-of-35 shooting in the second half, as they made the comeback bid. SVU outscored the hosts by 11-points in the second-half, but could not stop PSF enough times to get back into the game.
"We didn't execute like we should have," said Head Coach Mike Harmon. "Defensively we were slow in reacting to their hot shooting, and it hurt us early. We also didn't do what we needed to around the basket. We missed too many open looks, and that eventually hurt us."
The Knights had an advantage on the glass, as they pulled down 39-rebounds to PSF's 37. The advantage could not translate into points. SVU missed great opportunities, as they only went 8-for-21 from the free-throw line. SVU shot 36% from the field for the game, while allowing PSF to shoot 45%. The Knights won the turnover battle with a 19-25 advantage, but again could not turn the advantage into much-needed points.
The Knights will need to make a quick turn-around as they travel to play Feb. 18 at Washington Adventist. The Knights beat WAU in a thriller Feb. 4 when an Ashley Baird buzzer beater led the team to a 52-51 win. The tip-off for the game is scheduled for 6:00 pm. SVU is now 8-14 on the season.