LEXINGTON, Va. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team came in to a game against cross town foe, Washington & Lee, looking for a win, but the hosts used a big first half to coast to a 76-56 win over the Knights. The Generals used a 38-18 first half to effectively put the game away. The game remained close for the first minutes of the game, but W&L used a 9-0 run to wedge an opening that the Knights could not close.
Nicole Tolman led the visitors with 15-points, and was one rebound shy of a fifth double-double on the season. SVU hit on 34% of its shots for the game, but W&L was firing on all cylinders, and hit on 52% of its shots, including an overwhelming 63% in the second half.
The Knights countered the hot shooting with a tenaciousness to get to the free throw line. SVU made 21-trips to the line in the second half, making seventeen out of the twenty-one chances. SVU used the trips to keep the game from getting too far out of hand, and matched the Generals in the second half with 38-points apiece.
Cara Joyner added 9-points to the cause, and a trio of Knights, including Mina Romito, Ajalynn Domingo and Jasmin Johnson added 7-points apiece too the cause. The Knights faced a 30-point deficit in the second half, and mounted a mini-comeback as they forced the Generals into 12 of their13-turnovers and got to 17-points behind before W&L closed out the game for good.
Wth two of the 7-points scorers coming from the bench, SVU had a respectable tally of 22-bench points, but SVU could not contain the bench of the Generals, as Becca Bolton scorched the visitors for 26-points and 7-rebounds.
The loss pushes the Knights down to 6-10 on the season. The Knights will return home Jan. 20 when they face off against another ODAC foe in Bridgewater. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm in Knight Arena.