MIDDLETOWN, Pa.— The Southern Virginia University women's basketball started conference play Wednesday evening against Penn St.-Harrisburg, defeating the Lions 67-57 and extending their current win streak to nine games.
The Knights (10-1,1-0) hit the ground running in the first quarter, with Savanna Christensen scoring 11 early points. The rebounding battle was much to credit to the Knights early lead in the first as the Knights outrebounded the Lions (6-6, 0-1) 17-6, providing a 20-9 lead at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, the Knights offense came to life, shooting 61.5% from the floor, 66.7% from deep, and were perfect from the foul line. Southern Virginia would account for an assist on five of the eight made baskets in the second. Katie Garrish was key in the quarter scoring 12 points and collecting six rebounds, giving Southern Virginia a 40-25 advantage at the half.
The second half leaned more in favor of the Lions. In the third quarter, both teams struggled offensively from the field with the Lions 23.5% slightly higher than the Knights 22.2%. The Knights would maintain a double-figure lead at the end of the third quarter 51-38.
The Lion's three-point shooting would shrink the 13-point deficit in the fourth to as little as five with slightly over a minute remaining in the game, but the Knights were able to knock down timely free-throws to put away their conference opener, earning the victory 67-57.
The Knights owned the glass with 60 total rebounds and outscored the Lions 34-14 in the paint. As a team, the Knights went 11-14 from the line and shot 37.3% from the floor. The major statistic that kept the Lions in the game was the Knight's 27 turnovers, contributing to 28 Lion's points.
The dynamic duo of Garrish and Christensen accounted for 40 points and 23 rebounds. Garrish ended the night with 25 points and 17 rebounds, her eighth double-double of the season and fifth consecutive. In addition to her scoring and rebounds, she also recorded a career-high five steals. Christensen ended with 15 points and six rebounds with teammate Alexus Barnes leading the team with seven assists.
The Knights look to extend their winning streak to double-figures this Saturday when they travel to York (Pa.) against the Spartans, tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.