SALISBURY, Md. - Led by 13-points each from Jasmin Johnson, Jenna Aldridge, and Mina Romito, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team registered a victory over hosts Salisbury University, after a strong second-half comeback, winning 67-63. The trio paced the Knights to the 67-63 victory to give the team its fourth victory over the season.
The hosts jumped to a quick 4-0 lead before an Aldridge three pointer got the visitors on the board, and started a back-and-forth period that saw the Sea Gulls take a 17-8 lead before Romito got the Knights to within 7. The Gulls took a lead of 14-points later in the half, and went in to the break with a 12-point lead, at 34-22.
Nicole Tolman was also contributing to the cause, and added 12-points, and barely missed out on another double-double, as she pulled down nine rebounds. The twelve point deficit looked to be too much for the Knights to overcome, and things seemed even direr for the Knights when Salisbury built an 18-point lead at the 13:55 mark of the second half.
The Knights started a furious rally that would see them outscore the Sea Gulls 35-13 over the last 13-minutes of the game. SVU took its first lead of the game at the 5:23 mark of the last period, after a fast-break three-pointer from Johnson brought the Knights the lead at 57-56.
Salisbury would tie the game up two minutes later, but the Knights would score seven more points to the hosts' three, to get the come-from-behind win. The Knights exploded in the second half from the field as they hit 65% of their shots on 15-of-23 shooting, and 65% free-throw shooting. The Knights made 20-trips to the line in forcing the issue in the second term.
Bench scoring was the key for the Knights, as the second team for SVU scored 32-points, led by Johnson and Romito's points, with another six added to the total from Ajalynn Domingo. With the win, SVU moves to 4-7 on the season. SVU will now turn its attention to a home rematch with Virginia Intermont. SVU fell to the Cobras earlier in the season, and will look to make the final home game before the Christmas break a winner.