By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. – Despite getting off to a slow start in the first half, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team managed to battle their way back for the victory against Penn St.-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon, winning 72-66.
After an even first quarter, the Nittany Lions (6-13, 1-11 CAC) used a 10-2 run to take an eight-point lead into the halftime break. The Knights turned up the intensity in the second half, scoring 44 total points for the come-from-behind win in which there were 12 ties and 10 lead changes.
Southern Virginia really got after it on the defensive end, forcing 36 Lion turnovers and scoring 28 points off them. The Knights also shot exceptionally well for the game, going 43.9% from the field and 35.3% from the 3-point line.
The Lions did a good job of limiting post players Katie Garrish and Shelby Butler to six and eight points, respectively, who were also fighting through foul trouble throughout the contest. The Knights' guards stepped up in a big way, however, with Cory Stout leading the team with 14 points, Alexus Barnes with 13, and Jamilla Gambee with 12 points and six steals. Freshman Abby Olsen provided a strong performance off the bench, scoring 13 points in 13 minutes.
With six games left in the season, the Knights are tied for the sixth and final spot in the CAC Playoffs. The team will take the floor again on Wednesday as Marymount comes to town. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. in the Knight Sports Arena.