By Sam Armstrong
BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team kicked off its season on Thursday with an 88-59 win over Bryn Mawr College, shooting over 45% from the field while holding their opponent to 25% shooting in a total-team effort.
After a slow start in the first quarter, the Knights (1-0) soon gained control by taking a 44-28 lead into halftime behind efficient scoring from center Shelby Butler and guard Alexus Barnes. The team extended its lead after the break with an impressive 34 points in the third period while cruising to the 29-point win.
The Southern Virginia defense forced the Owls (0-1) into turning the ball over 23 times in the game. The Knights were effective pounding the ball inside, scoring 38 points in the paint compared to just 20 for the Owls. Bench production was also a key in the win, with half of the team's 88 points coming from the reserves.
Barnes led all scorers with 19 points, with Butler scoring 18 and pulling down seven rebounds. The only other Knight in double figures was freshman forward Katie Garrish, who scored 10 points, all in the third period, and grabbed seven rebounds in her debut. Also contributing to the team was junior transfer Bryndie Ballam, who put up an impressive line of nine points, four assists, three rebounds, and three steals.
The Knights play the second game of their back-to-back trip on Friday against Clarks Summit University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.