BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team finished their back-to-back night homestand Friday with an 81-61 win over Bryn Mawr College.
The Knights (2-1) trailed the Owls (0-2) early in the game with turnovers attributed as the primary suspect. Southern Virginia ended the first with a four-point deficit trailing 19-15.
In the second quarter, the Knights responded to their sluggish start shooting 47 percent from the field and nearly cutting their turnovers in half with five, gaining momentum heading into the half outscoring the Owls 18-11 and a score of 33-30.
Southern Virginia prioritized ball control in the third going the entire quarter without a turnover. The Knights would extend their lead to 57-50 at the end of the third after the defense held Bryn Mawr to 31 percent from the floor and scoreless from the three-point line.
The fourth quarter was all Knights, the team would outscore the Owls 24-11 as a result of the offense shooting 53 percent in the quarter and connecting on 57 percent from deep, giving the Knights the 20-point victory with a final score of 81-61.
The Knights had three reach double figures scoring, Katie Garrish leads the team with 19 points for the third time this season and eight rebounds, Alexus Barnes tallied 14 points and added six rebounds and four assists, and sophomore Savannah Christensen poured in 11 with seven rebounds and three blocks.
The backcourt tandem of Dawn Mead and Nicole Muse, each recorded six points and six assists. The team also received a boost offensively from Cory Stout and Amanda Wood with nine and eight points off the bench.
Southern Virginia shot nearly 43 percent from the field for the game and 37.5 percent from behind the arc. The Knights dominated the paint scoring 32 points compared to the Owls eight and capitalized on the forced turnovers scoring 37 points to Byrn Mawr's 16.
The Knights will travel to Eastern Mennonite for a non-conference matchup Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m.