Buena Vista, Va. — The Southern Virginia University Women's basketball team earned a tough home win against the Royals of Eastern Mennonite University, 66-64 on Tuesday evening.
In the first quarter of action, the Knights (6-1) and the Royals (2-6) battled back-and-forth with the score ending up at 19 apiece.
In the second quarter, both teams shot quite poorly from the field with only six combined baskets made between the two teams. Fortunately for the Knights, they managed to make five free throws compared to the Royals one, giving Southern Virginia a four-point lead heading into the break.
In the second half of action, Southern Virginia came out much tougher and was able to extend their lead to nine heading into the final quarter of play.
Eastern Mennonite came out strong in the fourth, chipping away at the Knights lead all the way until the 2:33 mark, when a made 3-pointer by the Royals tied up the game 64-64. For the next two minutes and 29 seconds, neither team was able to convert a basket. At this point, with four seconds remaining in the game, Savannah Christensen hit a clutch mid-range jumper icing the game and giving Southern Virginia the two-point victory.
Noticeable performances for the Knights included a career night for Katie Garrish as she posted 16 points, a career-high 19 rebounds, four steals, and five blocks. Bryndie Ballam and Savannah Christensen also had a solid performance for Southern Virginia as Ballam posted 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals while Christensen added 13 points and nine rebounds.
After the game Head, Coach Adam Wardenburg shared his thoughts on the performance: "Our shots just weren't falling tonight with a lot of good opportunities to score. I want the girls to keep shooting until they do." He also added, "I was pleased with our team's defense and felt that we did a good job with our end-of-game preparation that we have practiced. We are still learning how to win and executing in these close games."
Southern Virginia will return to action as they stay at home to face off against Shenandoah University. The game is scheduled for Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.