WINCHESTER, Va.— The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team won its eighth straight game on Saturday afternoon, besting Bethany (W.V.). The game was held on a neutral site at Shenandoah University.
In the first quarter, the Knights (9-1) struggled offensively shooting 33.3 percent from the field and were unable to connect from behind the arc going 0-3. The team also shot 2-6 from the free throw line. The Knights were hit with foul trouble with Katie Garrish picking up two quick fouls. Southern Virginia trailed the Bison (5-6) after one, 13-10.
The Knights bounced back in the second quarter scoring 17 points. The offense came alive shooting 50 percent from the field and was perfect from the charity stripe, going 4-4. Garrish led the way scoring 12 of her 23 points in the second. The Knights went into the half with a 27-24 lead.
The offense for Southern Virginia continued to fluctuate in the third, with the team only making three baskets shooting 30 percent and were unable to attempt a free throw. Turnovers allowed the Bison to reclaim the lead late in the third quarter after the Knights totaled 10 for the quarter. The Bison led heading into the final quarter 36-34.
In the fourth quarter, the Knights finally were able to break through. The team shot 60 percent from the field, 50 percent from deep, and 75 percent from the free throw line. With the offense in sync, the Knights were able to score 21 points for the quarter and limit the Bison to just 28.6 percent shooting, giving Southern Virginia the 55-47 victory.
Garrish although having early foul trouble still had an impressive game, dropping 23 points and 12 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the year and fourth consecutive. Savanna Christensen contributed across the board with five points, three blocks, two assists, and seven rebounds. Alexus Barnes was next behind Garrish with eight points, three assists, and seven rebounds.
"We played a great game defensively today. We were struggling on the offensive end and we knew if we were going to win the game we were going to have to string togethere multiple stops and we were fortunate to do so," said Head Coach Adam Wardenburg. "Bethany is a good team and a good game to end our non-conference schedule with, we look forwand to conference play."
The Knights will begin conference play Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Penn State-Harrisburg at 6:00 p.m.