DANVILLE, Va. — A strong first half paved the way for the Southern Virginia University women's basketball Wednesday evening in their victory over Averett University 78-68.
In the first quarter, the Knights (4-1) offense struggled shooting 38.9 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from behind the arc. Turnovers also contributed to the slow start, with the Knights committing eight, giving the Cougars (2-3) the lead 19-16.
The Knights would have a huge second quarter, outscoring the Cougars 25-7, with Alexus Barnes scoring 10 of her 16 points in the quarter. Southern Virginia's defense served as a catalyst for the quarter, forcing nine Cougar turnovers and holding them to 30 percent shooting.
The Cougars would respond in the second half, outscoring the Knights in both the third and fourth quarters 42-37, but sophomore Katie Garrish's solid play helped maintain the lead for the Knights, scoring 16 of her 25 points.
Southern Virginia survived a late run in the fourth with several key free throws, giving the Knights the 78-68 road victory.
The Knights outshot the Cougars 45.2 percent to 37.3 percent and slightly led in both rebounding 41-39 and assists 19-18. The Knights had an eight-point advantage in points off turnovers, but the biggest advantage came in the points in the paint with the Knights outdoing their opponent 40-18.
Garrish's 25 points would lead all scorers as well as her 13 rebounds. Barnes would collect 16 points, five assists and four rebounds, while teammate Dawn Mead would be the other Knight in double-figures with 12.
The Knights return to action this Saturday, Dec. 1 against Clarks Summit at 1:00 p.m. in the Knight Arena.