Women's Basketball Falls Narrowly to Last-Second Shot

Women's Basketball Falls Narrowly to Last-Second Shot

By Paul Monson

BUENA VISTA, Va, — The Southern Virginia University Women's Basketball team fell just shy of a Capital Athletic Conference victory Saturday afternoon 67-65 against St. Mary's (Md.).

The Knights (12-11, 5-11 CAC), started strong and controlled the game for the whole first half as they took a 36-29 lead into the locker room. Southern Virginia continued to build on their lead, going up by 11 with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter. 

With some late adjustments, St. Mary's (Md.) (8-14, 4-12 CAC) cut the Knight's lead to just one point heading into the fourth. The teams swapped buckets all the way down the stretch, until the Knights managed to pull ahead by six with two minutes remaining in the game.

St. Mary's (Md.) continued to fight, capitalizing on missed free throws and making some big layups to take a two-point lead with 32 seconds remaining. Southern Virginia's Alexus Barnes managed to put in a highly contested layup to tie up the game at 65 with ten seconds left, but the Seahawks drove the floor, and made the game-winning layup with 1.5 seconds left.

For the Knights, Shelby Butler posted a game-high 15 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. Katie Garrish and Alexus Barnes both posted double-doubles. Garrish recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Barnes had 10 points and 11 boards.

The Seahawks won the turnover battle, giving it up ten times and forcing 25 Southern Virginia turnovers.

The Knights racked up 18 assists and shot an impressive 48% from the field in the loss.

The final home game of the season will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. against Frostburg State. Seniors Adrianna Jensen, Jamilla Gambee, and Shelby Butler will be honored before the game.