Harrisonburg, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team (3-1) rode a dominant first half to a 75-70 victory over the Lions of Eastern Mennonite University (1-3).
The Knights opened up the game hot from the field, jumping up on the lions 21-12 at the end of the first quarter. Southern Virginia continued to extend their lead behind eight second quarter points from Savanna Christensen, giving them a 13-point lead heading into the locker room.
In the third, some untimely turnovers and poor shooting by the Knights allowed the Lions to cut the lead to one heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, senior Bryndie Ballam came up huge for the Knights, making every shot she took, scoring an impressive 10 points in the quarter. Ballam's fourth quarter play ultimately boosted the Knights to their third win of the season.
A couple of noteworthy stats for the game include the Knights outrebounding the Lions 50-26 and shooting a 10 percent higher field goal percentage than EMU for the game.
Sophomore Savanna Christensen had her best outing of the season as she posted a big double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds to go along with 5 blocks. Bryndie Ballam and Katie Garrish also came in clutch for Southern Virginia, scoring 16 and 14 points respectively.
The Knights will take a break for the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday, before returning to action on Wednesday, November 28th. On the 28th, Southern Virginia will travel to Danville, Virginia to take on the Cougars of Averett University. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.