NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - After four consecutive losses, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team found the winning formula in convincing fashion, as they triumphed over Penn State- Fayette, 72-43. The Knights were led by a quintet of players who each had 8-points. Abi Logan, Jenna Aldridge, Jessica Anderson, Cara Joyner, and Amanda Morgan each had 8-points to give SVU the huge advantage it needed to record the first win of the season. The team was playing in the Great Ships Classic, hosted by perennial rival Apprentice.
The game was close for the majority of the first half, as SVU scored points, and took a lead only to see the Lions get back in the game with big shots. Despite the feistiness of the Lions, SVU was, little by little, accumulating a lead that would be insurmountable. Heading in to the break, SVU had a 31-20 lead.
The Knights were having success on the defensive end, and Nicole Tolman was a driving force for the team, as she scored 7-points, and racked up 10-rebounds to lead all players in the game. Tolman paced the Knights, as the team recorded 42-rebounds to PSF's 28.The Knights also pushed the issue in the turnover game, as they forced 27-PSF turnovers.
In the second half, SVU used the first ten minutes of the half to go on a 23-8 run to put the game beyond reach of the Lions. Throughout the game 12-different players scored points for the Knights, and drove the game to a victory.
SVU was able to outshoot the Lions, hitting an astounding 53% of its shots throughout the game. The Knights were also 50% from the free throw line, while also making 17-trips to the free throw line, and hitting on 58%.
The win gives the Knights a 1-4 record on the season. SVU will have little time to relish the win, as the team will return to action Nov. 20 for the second game of the classic. SVU will face off with Briarcliffe College. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm.