By Sam Armstrong
ST. MARY'S, Md. — Double-doubles from both Shelby Butler and Katie Garrish were not enough Wednesday evening as the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped its Capital Athletic Conference matchup with St. Mary's (Md.) by a tally of 66-59.
After a first half that saw seven ties and seven lead changes, the Seahawks (5-6, 1-4 CAC) took a two-point lead into halftime. They were able to extend the lead in the third quarter as the Knights (7-3, 2-3 CAC) could not find the bottom of the net for over seven minutes. Southern Virginia cut the lead to two several times in the final period, but timely shooting allowed St. Mary's (Md.) to come away with the win.
For the Knights, Butler posted a game-high 22 points in the contest while adding 12 rebounds, while Garrish scored 12 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Guards Bryndie Ballam and Cory Stout distributed the ball effectively to the post, finishing with seven assists apiece along with nine and eight points.
St. Mary's (Md.) took care of the ball well against the Knights' pressure defense, turning it over only 14 times in the game compared the Knights' 21. Both teams struggled to score with Southern Virginia shooting 36% from the field and the Seahawks only a tick lower at 35%.
The Knights take the floor again on Saturday as York (Pa.) comes to town. The conference game will tip at 1:00 p.m. in the Knight Sports Arena.