BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team led from start to finish, as the program celebrated its graduating seniors, and beat Bennett College, 75-51. Nicole Tolman registered her seventh double-double of the season, tallying 22-points and 10-rebounds, as the Knights streaked to a 12-0 lead to start the game, and never looked back. The Knights were potent from the field, as they hit on 52% of field. The second proved especially deadly for the visitors, as Southern Virginia pounded the ball down low, and made the most of a height advantage.
SVU streaked to the largest lead of the first half, as Jessica Anderson hit a three-pointer to give the hosts a 37-15 lead. Senior Jasmin Johnson was making the most of being honored as she hit for 10-points and 4-rebounds, and some crucial steals to keep momentum going for the hosts. Bennett fought back in the dying moments of the first half to trail by 14-points, at 37-23.
Scoring went the way of the Knights in the second half as well, with the hosts hitting on 48% of their shots, but doing their damage at the free-throw line. SVU made fifteen of their twenty-three trips to the line in the second half, and converting on 12-free throws.
The Knights had their largest lead of the game at 28-points in the dying moments of the game, and had coasted throughout the half to send the seniors off on high note. Fellow senior, Jenna Aldridge, also played well for the hosts. Abi Logan was the third player to score in double-digits for the Knights, adding 13-points to the cause.
Aldridge, Johnson and Rachelle Loveless were honored prior to the game's start, and SVU recorded its eleventh win of the season for the seniors. The Knights now stand at 11-14 on the season, and will look for a twelfth win when they go on the road to face Salem College. The Feb. 19 game has a 2:00 pm start time in Winston-Salem, N.C.