ELON, N.C. - Facing off against another NCAA D.I opponent, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team had a quick start against the Phoenix, but fell in the end, 78-45. Behind points from Mina Romito and Cara Joyner, the Knights jumped to an early 6-3 lead, after the first four minutes. The quick strikes from the visitors woke the hosts up, and Elon rattled off a 9-0 run to give the Phoenix a lead that would remain for the game.
The closest the Knights would get for the remainder of the game came at the 9:02 mark, after Romito hit a shot to get the Knights close to the Phoenix at 17-13. Another strong run of 14-0 solidified the lead, and put the game out of reach for SVU.
Romito and Joyner led the Knights with 14- and 12-points apiece. Carly Skinner was the leading rebounder for the Knights, as she pulled down 4-boards and 3-points, after a score from long range late in the second half.
SVU had had a small rebounding edge to start the game, but the superior size of the hosts soon gave them an advantage over the smaller Knights' team. Southern Virginia also ran in to trouble in ball-handling, as Elon forced SVU into 25-turnovers.
Despite a number of disadvantages, SVU moved the ball well, and had a win in total assists to show for their efforts. SVU handed out 14-dimes in comparison to Elon's 9. Skinner, Romito and Jessica Anderson all had three assist apiece to lead the team, and the game for assists.
The loss drops the Knights to 7-12. The team will hit the road again for the next game, as the Knights will head to Trinity (D.C.), Feb. 2 for a 6:00 pm matchup with the Tigers.