Lions Take Down Knights, 78-72

Lions Take Down Knights, 78-72

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell short Thursday night in a non-conference matchup against Piedmont College, losing 78-72.

In the first quarter, the Knights (1-1, 0-0) trailed the Lions 22-18. The Lions (3-0, 0-0) started the game shooting at an impressive 54.5% from the field compared to the Knights 33.3%.

The Lions looked to push their lead going into the half, building an 11-point lead, 46-35. The Lions shot an impressive 69% that was vital to extending the lead.

The second half went to the Knights, who outscored the Lions 37-32. Early on the third the Knights were down as much as 18-points with the score 55-37 with six minutes remaining. The Knights slowly chipped into the lead down to 12 at the end of the third quarter, 59-47.

In the final quarter, the Lions lead varied early on, extending their lead to as much as 17-points.  The Knights were down 68-52 with 3:32 remaining in the quarter when the Knights went on a 20-7 run to bring the game within three points at 75-72. The Knights effort would fall short as a few missed shots and turnovers would cause them to foul, eventually giving the Lions the 78-72 victory.

The Lions led the Knights in points in the paint (26-16), points off turnovers (24-19), and bench points (27-23). The Knights would slightly outrebound the Lions (37-35), and led in second chance points (9-7) and assists (18-12).

The Knights key performances came from sophomore Katie Garrish who was one rebound shy of her career-high in rebounds with 17. To go along with her 17 rebounds, Garrish added 16 points on 7-13 shooting, five blocks, and a career-high four steals.

Two other Knights hit double figures with Amanda Wood recording 16, and Alexus Barnes with 12, senior Nicole Muse also poured in 9. Freshman Dawn Mead led the team with five assists.

The Knights will now play Friday, Nov. 16 at 5:00 p.m. against Bryn Mawr at the Knight Sports Arena.