By Sam Armstrong
DOVER, Del. – Another strong defensive performance from the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team lead them to victory over Wesley College on Saturday afternoon, topping the Wolverines 78-67.
The Knights (10-6, 4-6 CAC) took control in the first half of play, pulling ahead 43-28 at halftime. The Wolverines (3-14, 1-9 CAC) would not go down without a fight however, edging their way closer in the third quarter and cutting the lead to seven with less than two minutes to go in the game, but the Knights were able to secure the win.
Southern Virginia was solid both defensively and on the boards, holding Wesley to 31.5% shooting from the field and grabbing 56 rebounds to the Wolverines' 41. On offense, the Knights shot 42.4% from the floor and assisted on 20 of their 28 field goals in the effort.
Forward Katie Garrish posted another outstanding performance, scoring 26 points, tracking down 14 rebounds and blocking four shots. Three other Knights were in double-figures including Alexus Barnes with 17 points and seven rebounds, Shelby Butler with 13 points and nine boards, and Jamilla Gambee with 11 points and a career-high seven assists.
For the Wolverines, Monshea Newsome-Murray led all scorers with 33 points, while also finishing with nine rebounds and seven steals.
The Knights play the final game of their road trip on Wednesday as they travel to Fredericksburg, Va. to take on the University of Mary Washington. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.