By Sam Armstrong
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped their first game of the year on Wednesday evening to Marymount University, falling by a score of 85-52.
The Saints (4-1, 1-0 CAC), who are ranked No. 23 according to d3hoops.com, jumped out to a commanding 21-2 lead after the first quarter of play and never let up. The Knights (4-1, 1-1 CAC) were able to pick up their game in the later quarters, but not enough to make up the deficit.
Ball control was a big factor in the game, as the Saints forced 31 Knight turnovers and scored 46 points off those giveaways. Southern Virginia was held to 34.5% shooting from the field while Marymount scored 35 of their 76 shots (46.1%).
The Knights were again led by freshman Katie Garrish, who posted another double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, as well as three blocked shots. Forward Shelby Butler added eight points with five rebounds, while four other Knights finished with six points.
Southern Virginia returns home on Saturday to take on Wesley College in another conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Knight Sports Arena.