By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team won its second conference game on Saturday afternoon, besting Wesley College 82-75 in the Knight Sports Arena.
For the Knights (5-1, 2-1 CAC), Shelby Butler managed to tie her career-high in points, scoring 29 on 11-21 shooting and going 7-10 from the free throw line. She also added five rebounds in the effort. Forward Katie Garrish extended her double-double streak to four games, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, as well as swatting three Wolverines' (2-4, 1-2 CAC) shots.
After the Knights pulled ahead in the first quarter, the Wolverines charged back in the second to take a 33-30 advantage into halftime. The Knights came out the break with a lot of energy, forcing seven turnovers in the third period to pull ahead by five. Butler found her rhythm to close out the game, scoring 13 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter. As the Wolverines tried to claw their way by fouling late in the game, Southern Virginia knocked down 9-12 free throws to seal the deal.
Southern Virginia again shared the ball well, assisting on 24 of their 29 field goals, with Cory Stout leading the way with a career-high eight assists. The Knights also dominated in the paint, scoring 44 points down low to only 28 for Wesley.
Also in double-figures for the Knights was wing Jamilla Gambee, scoring ten points with four rebounds and three steals. Guard Bryndie Ballam also chipped in 10 points off the bench to go along with six rebounds and five assists, while junior Alexus Barnes had nine rebounds and five assists of her own.
Southern Virginia will look for another win on Wednesday as Mary Washington comes to town. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Knight Sports Arena.