RADFORD, Va. - After getting a win the previous night, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team ran into an immovable object in the Radford Highlanders, and fell 39-71. SVU got a 10-points from Nicole Tolman, and also saw Mina Romito and Cara Joyner chip in 8-points apiece, but the Knights could not keep the bigger, stronger D.I foe from scoring runs which put the game away by the end of the first half at 38-16. The 22-point lead for the hosts was plenty of points, and the visitors put in a valiant effort in the second half to keep the game respectable.
Romito and Tolman both pulled down 7-rebounds for the Knights, and the visitors found success against Radford, as the hosts could muster only four more rebounds than the Knights. SVU could not find a remedy for the turnover bug, as Radford forced the Knights into 35-turnovers on the night.
SVU found the hosts on a hot shooting night, as the Highlanders shot 51% from the field, and connected on 60% of the shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The Knights made 12-trips to the free-throw line, and hit on 58% of the shots, while Radford struggled from the line, as they made only 50% of the 22-trips they made to the line. SVU connected on 35% of its shots in the game, going 14-of-40.
The Knights could not find an answer for the Highlanders' bench, as the hosts racked up 35-points to SVU's 14. Joyner was the leader of the second team, with her points accounting for more than half of the second unit's point tally.
The loss drops the tea to 5-8 on the season. The Knights can take solace in the fact that four of the losses this season have come against D.I opponents. The team now will have the Christmas break off, and will return to action in the new year when it travels to play rival Apprentice School on Jan. 8. Tipoff for the game is set for 12:00 pm.