By Sam Armstrong
ROANOKE, Va. — In a thrilling back-and-forth game that saw five ties, nine lead changes, and an overtime period, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team outlasted Roanoke College on Friday night by a score of 69-65.
Down by three at the end of regulation, Knights' (6-2) wing Alexus Barnes knocked down a three with just two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, freshman Katie Garrish scored seven points and the Knights hit five of their six free throw attempts to finish off the Maroons (2-5).
Each squad turned the ball over 29 times, and weren't able to find the bottom of the net. The Knights shot 34.2% (25-73) from the field, with the Maroons coming in at 29.6% (21-71). Southern Virginia did find a way to shoot well from deep however, knocking down 7 of 17 three-point attempts for a 41.2 percentage, its best mark so far this season.
Senior Shelby Butler scored 19 points in the win to lead the team, adding a season-best 10 rebounds along the way. Barnes dropped 17 points with three treys, while Garrish impacted the game in just about every possible with a stat line of 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five blocks, and three steals. Junior Bryndie Ballam also gave the Knights solid minutes in her first start of the year with 11 points, seven rebounds, and five steals.
After getting out to its best start to the season since joining the NCAA, Southern Virginia will take a three week break from competition. The Knights will return to action on December 30 as they take on Mary Baldwin at home at 1 p.m.