By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team hung with conference-leading No. 24 Marymount University through three quarters on Wednesday evening but was unable to come away with the win, falling 86-71.
The Knights (12-8, 5-8 CAC) played right with the Saints (18-2, 13-0 CAC) throughout the first half, with Marymount taking a two-point lead into halftime. The Knights eventually took a two-point lead early in the third quarter, but a 12-0 run by the Saints gave the visitors a cushion that they would hang on to for the rest of the game.
Southern Virginia shot extremely well for the game, posting a 48.3 field goal percentage and assisting on 14 of its 29 buckets. High-pressure defense and a fast pace of play caused the Knights to cough the ball up 27 times to Marymount's 15. The Saints ended up scoring 24 points off turnovers in the win.
Senior Jamilla Gambee paced the Knights with a season and game-high 21 points on 9-11 shooting, while forward Katie Garrish posted 12 points and six boards. Alexus Barnes and Abby Olsen were also in double-figures on the night with 10 each, with Barnes adding four assists, and Olsen staying hot from the field shooting 4-5 for the game.
Reigning CAC Player of the Week Leah Hurst led Marymount, posting 20 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
The Knights continue their push for the CAC Playoffs on Saturday as they travel north to take on York College of Pennsylvania. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.