ROANOKE, Va. - Carrying a two-game win streak into the game, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team was hoping for it's longest win streak of the season, but hosts Hollins had other plans, beating the Knights 55-51. SVU fell behind early to the hosts, and seemed to be out of sync all night as they had to play catch up.
Southern Virginia did take a lead at the 10:26 mark of the first half, as Nicole Tolman hit a bucket to give the Knights a 17-15 lead. Tolman would finish the night as the leading scorer for SVU with 11-points, and also recorded her sixth double-double, as she pulled down 13-rebounds, leading all players.
The lead would bounce back and forth for the rest of the half, with SVU having its largest lead at 28-23. The Knights went in to the half with a 34-31 lead. Mina Romito and Abi Logan complemented Tolman, as they both scored 8-points to keep the visitors in contention. Logan led the second unit of the Knights who scored 25-points for the cause.
SVU's lead quickly disintegrated in the second half, as the hosts mounted a comeback led by their free throw shooting. Hollins was able to make 16-trips to the line, and converted on eight chances. SVU, meanwhile, could not find a way to score, and also was a stranger to the free-throw line, making only 3-trips in the second term.
Hollins would rebound from a 4-point deficit in the second half, and took a lead that would be stretched to as much as 11-points before the Knights mounted the comeback to be within four at the end of the game.
Tolman's 13-rebounds led an SVU team that was dominant on the boards, pulling down 53-boards to Hollins' 39. The Knights also won in the shooting category, as they hit on 32% of their shots in comparison to Hollins' 31%. The Knights could not overcome turnovers, and fouls, with the visitors losing the ball 24-times, and fouling the hosts 18-times.
With the loss, SVU drops to 9-13 on the season. The Knights will look to get back on track, as they will host Washington Adventist, Feb. 10. Tipoff for the game is set for 6:00 pm.