GRAYSON, Ky. - A double-double from Nicole Tolman was not enough, as the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team suffered a close loss to Kentucky Christian, 54-59. Tolman put in 16-points and pulled down 10-rebounds to lead the way for the Knights against the Knights of KCU. Tolman's point totaled led all players in the games as did her rebound total. Despite the strong output from the junior, SVU could not take advantage of her play.
The visitors headed in to halftime trailing at 31-28. They trailed even though the team had hot ands hitting on 48% of its shots. The Knights had limited KCU to 11-of-30 shooting, but the hosts forced the issue with ten trips to the free-throw line in the first half, and hit on seven of those attempts. The free-throw disparity would remain throughout the game, as the host Knights would have 22-chances for free points, and SVU would have only 13 chances. SVU paid the price for turnovers, as KCU turned 19-SVU turnovers into 14-points.
Mina Romito put in a solid effort for the Knights as she added 12-points and pulled down 6-rebounds. Cara Joyner added another 11-points, but the bench play for the Knights could not get the team close enough, as the second team added 15-points compared to KCU's 29.
SVU had a better shooting percentage for the game hitting on 38% compared to the hosts' 32%. The Knights were stronger on the boards pulling down 38-rebounds and KCU getting 35, but all of the advantages did not translate to the points the Knights needed for the win.
The Knights will return to action Jan. 18 when they face off against cross town foe Washington & Lee of the ODAC. Tip-off will be at 7:0) pm in Lexington.