SALEM, N.C. - Nicole Tolman led all scorers with 26-points, as the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fought off a pesky Salem College, for a 75-69 win. Tolman scored 14-points in the first half, as the Knights streaked to a commanding 37-22 lead. Jasmin Johnson was also proving difficult for the hosts to handle, finishing with 10-points for the day.
SVU used a strong shooting first half to take the lead, as the Knights hit on 51% of their shots. The team was also playing stifling defense, allowing only eight baskets in the first half, and only 28% field goal shooting.
The second have was another story altogether, with Salem storming back from the 15-point deficit. Salem outscored the visitors 47-38 in the second term. SVU expanded the lead to 17-points at the 10:17 mark of the second, before Salem went on a tear to make the game close. Over the next nine minutes The Knights had to fight off the charge that would see the game be as close as a 1-point lead for the Knights.
Tolman and Johnson would then ice the game from the free-throw line. Six of the visitors' eleven free-throws in the second half would come in the final moments. Directing the offense for the Knights was Jessica Anderson who would finish with 9-assists for the game. Danielle Boyle would also help the cause adding 8-points.
A key factor for the Knights in the game was the bench scoring, with SVU getting 20-points from the second unit in comparison to Salem's 8-points. The Knights would finish shooting nearly 46% from the field. The visitors would also end up with an advantage on the boards, pulling down 37-rebounds to Salem's 34.
Southern Virginia moves to 12-14 on the season. The Knights will finish out the season with a trip to Washington Adventist on Feb. 21. The game has a 6:00 pm tipoff, and will be the second game of the season between the two teams. Earlier in the month, SVU scored an 81-55 win over the Shock in Buena Vista.