BUENA VISTA, Va. Paced by 16-point from Kezia Ford, and an all-around solid performance from Cara Joyner, the Southern Virginia Women's Basketball team beat Virginia Intermont 62-52. The Knights were able to amass leads of 9, 10 and 12 points at certain point in the games, but the Cobras were able to reel in the hosts and make the game close throughout.
The early stages of the game were back-and-forth as both teams looked to establish presence and tempo for the game. SVU converted 14 field goals as they established a 9 point lead at one point in the first half. As would be the case throughout the night until the very end, the Cobras made runs to get back in the game. Virginia Intermont closed strong to be within three points at half time.
"We were a little sloppy tonight," said Head Coach Mike Harmon. "We were trying to dictate the tempo of the game, and at times we pushed too hard, and we got a little sloppy. It's to be expected with a team that is new, and trying to identify our identity."
Turnovers were a factor for both teams, and the second half started with multiple unforced errors for both teams. On the night the teams would combine for 59 turnovers.
Joyner was a constant presence for the Knights at both ends of the court. Chipping in 12-points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals, the sophomore played an inspired game to help the Knights to victory. Ashley Baird and Amanda Prestwich both pulled down 7 rebounds apiece.
"We definitely need to improve our bench scoring," said Harmon. "We only got nine points from our reserves, while they (VIC) got 33. If we got 10 more points from the bench, this game would have been a bit more comfortable."
SVU was able to pull away in the last five minutes of the game, and iced the game late for the 10-point margin of victory.
The Knights move to 1-1 on the season. The team will travel Nov. 13 to play NCAA D.I opponent Coastal Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 pm.