BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team suffered a third straight loss to the Bridgewater Eagles, 46-69, despite 14-points apiece from Mina Romito and Cara Joyner. Te Knights got off to a slow start, as they did not hit their first field goal until the 13:56 minute mark of the first half after a Romito basket.
The visitors had had limited success up to the point, and SVU found themselves down by only 7-points. Bridgewater was not done though, and over the course of the first half turned the lead in to an 18-point advantage at the break.
SVU was able to muster only 16-points in the first half, with BC starting the second term up 34-16. SVU made some quick defensive stops to begin the half, and chipped away at the lead to trail by 15, a 19-34. The hosts would get no closer for the remainder of the game, as Bridgewater put the game away easily. The Knights could not find a way to contain Jordan Burkholder, who torched SVU for 21-points, and led all players with 9-assists.
Nicole Tolman barely missed out on another double-double as she scored nine points and pulled down 9-rebounds. SVU struggled from the field, hitting on only 27% of its shots, on 16-of-59 shooting. A bright spot was the free-throw shooting, as SVU got to the line 17-times and hit on 13-opportunities for a 76% average from the line.
An Achilles heel for the Knights was turnovers, as they surrendered the ball 30-times, but finished strong on the boards, pulling down 40-rebounds compared to Bridgewater's 31.
The loss is the third in a row for the Knights. 2011 has been unkind to the Knights, as they have recorded only one win in the new year. SVU now stands at 6-11 on the season. The team returns to action Jan. 25 when it travels to play Bennett. Tip-off for the game is set for 6:00 pm.