Garrish and Ballam's Double-Doubles Lift Knights Over Bobcats

Garrish and Ballam's Double-Doubles Lift Knights Over Bobcats

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team extended  their winning streak to 11 games Wednesday night, defeating Frostburg State 63-54. 

"We had a great team win today. We had big contributions from everyone that entered the game," said head coach Adam Wardenburg. "Our bench was phenomenal tonight and brought a ton of energy. We need to continue to play with the type of aggression we have right now every night." 

In the first quarter, each team held their own in consistent back-and-forth play. The Knights (12-1, 3-0) ended the quarter with a slight edge leading 16-14 with Bryndie Ballam and Savanna Christensen combining for 12 of the Knight's 16 points.

In the second quarter, the Knights increased their lead outscoring the Bobcats (10-3, 2-1) 17-12. Southern Virginia headed into the half leading 33-26 with a solid quarter from sophomore Katie Garrish who scoried eight points and collected five rebounds.

The second half of play continued with the Knights controlling the momentum of the game. Alexus Barnes scored seven points in the third quarter, leading Southern Virginia into the final quarter of play with a 50-40 advantage. 

The fourth quarter was the only quarter the Knights were outscored by the Bobcats 14-13. Southern Virginia's lead established by the first three quarters was too much for Frostburg State, giving the Knights the 63-54 victory.

"Defensivley we were great, we only gave up six offensive rebounds. I felt we controlled the game on that side of the ball. When we execute and move the ball like we did tonight we feel like we can compete with anyone," added Wardenburg.

Garrish and Ballam starred in the conference win, each recording a double-double. Garrish tied a career-high of 19 rebounds accompanied with 14 points and three blocks, while Ballam poured in 15 points and set a career-high of 11 rebounds.

Christensen also hit double-figures for the Knights scoring 10 points. Teammate Barnes scored nine points and collected eight rebounds. Cory Stout led the bench scoring seven points.

Both teams struggled offensively but the Knights still managed to dominate the boards 49-31 and second-chance points 23-4.

The Knights will continue their three-game homestand in CAC play Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:00 p.m. against Salisbury in the Knight Arena.