By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia women's basketball team was unable to overcome a slow start as it dropped a conference game to Salisbury University on Saturday, 70-52.
Using pressure defense to force the Knights (8-6, 2-6 CAC) into turnovers, the Seagulls (8-7, 3-5 CAC) jumped out to an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 38-17 lead by halftime. The Knights stepped up their game in the later quarters, outscoring Salisbury in the second half by three, but it wasn't enough to make up the deficit.
Neither team shot particularly well from the field with both squads under 40% for the game, but the Knights were able to knock down 7-16 treys (43.8%) to keep themselves in the game.
Junior Alexus Barnes led Southern Virginia in scoring with 13 points to go along with eight boards, followed by Bryndie Ballam's 10 points. Freshman Katie Garrish grabbed 14 rebounds in the contest, while senior Jamilla Gambee chipped in nine points and four assists.
After three games at home, the Knights hit the road on Wednesday for the first of three straight away games against Frostburg State. Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m. in Frostburg, Md.