BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team used a 10-3 run over the last five minutes of the first half to give them momentum in the game, and score a win over Virginia Intermont, 58-49. Paced by 13-points from Mina Romito, the Knights were able to get a home win before the Christmas break.
SVU jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Cobras bounced back, and were able to take a small lead over the hosts at the 14:51 mark of the first half. VIC made a brief comeback, and led for a nearly three minute spell before a Carly Skinner three-pointer gave the hosts a lead.
VIC would get one more basket before Amanda Morgan converted on two free throws which gave SVU a lead that would take them all the way to the second half. SVU would lead by as much as 12-points in the second half, as VIC made comebacks, but could never get close enough, as the Knights coasted at the end to the 9-point victory.
Cara Joyner put a win a solid effort in the paint, as she racked up a game leading 12-rebounds, and tipped in 4-points. Nicole Tolman and Jenna Aldridge added ten-points apiece to the cause, as the Knights scored a victory over the Cobras after losing an earlier game in the season to VIC. Tolman added 8-rebounds with Romito contributing another even.
Both teams struggled from the field, hitting on 27% of their shots. SVU was able to win the game from the free throw line, as they made 37-trips to the line, hitting on 26-attempts, for a 70% average. The Knights were able to keep the Cobras off of the glass, as they pulled down 39-boards to VIC's 38.
The win moves the Knights to 5-7 on the season. SVU faces one ore challenge before a month break, as the team travels to play it's fourth NCAA D.I opponent in the first part of the season in Radford. Tipoff for the game against the Highlanders is scheduled for 7:00 pm.