BUENA VISTA, Va. - Despite a halftime lead, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team could not find the shooting touch in the second half, and fell to Milligan College, 74-67. The Knights were paced by Nicole Tolman, who recorded 15-points in the first half, on the way to a 22-point 6-rebound night. Tolman's offensive outburst in the first half, helped push the hosts to a 38-34 lead over the Buffaloes.
The Knights had jumped to an early lead of 6-points in the first five minutes. Milligan steadied the game with points, and then jumped to a press that thwarted a potent SVU offense early on. Milligan slowly chipped away at the lead, and found themselves trailing by only four at the half.
A choppy second half saw both teams struggle to score, and also saw the teams get in to early foul trouble. SVU was finding success from beyond the arc, as they went 5-for-6 from three point range. Mina Romito had success from the field, and followed Tolman with 12-points on the night.
The visitors had weathered the storm, and found their rhythm first in the second half, as they lowly caught up to the Knights at 49-49, an then took the lead at 51-49. SVU would tie up the match two more times before seeing the Buffaloes charge away for the eventual win.
A strength on the evening for the hosts was the 24-for-30 free throw shooting for an 80% average. The loss drops the Knights to 0-1 in the early season, as SVU was playing its home and season opening game. SVU will have little time to dwell on the loss, as the team hits the road Nov. 10 for a matchup with Virginia Intermont. Game time is set for 5:00 pm in Bristol, TN.