CONWAY, S.C. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team was able to stay close to NCAA D.I opponent Coastal Carolina, but the Chanticleers used a big second half to pull away from the Knights, winning 66-27. Ajalynn Domingo and Carly Skinner led the Knights with five points apiece, as SVU faced a daunting challenge in the third game of the season.
After two opening losses, the visitors made a valiant challenge in the first half, as 13-minutes of the first half saw a back-and-forth game. SVU was keeping the hosts within its sights, and the defense was preventing shots from the Chanticleers, allowing only 28% shooting, and not allowing a 3-point shot in the first twenty minutes.
The hosts weathered the feisty play of the Knights, and started to put together the attack, as they scored in the final minutes to get the 11-point lead heading in to the half, at 26-15. Little went right for SVU in the second half, as they could record only 12-points, and saw the hosts rattle off 40-points to put down the challenge of the Knights.
Nicole Tolman had another strong night on the boards, as she led the Knights with 8-rebounds. SVU again had a strong free-throwing night, hitting 80% of its shots. The visitors could not find an answer for the hosts' bench, as SVU recorded 11-poinsts, and Coastal used the bench for 40-points.
The loss sees the Knights start the season at 0-3. The team will look to regroup, as they continue on the road at another D.I opponent in High Point University. The game, scheduled for Nov. 16, has a 7:00 pm start.