BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team beat Salisbury University for the first time in Knight history to remain undefeated in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 66-50 win on Saturday afternoon.
"We had a great team win today with everyone contributing. We were fortunate win against a good Salisbury team," said head coach Adam Wardenburg. "Today was a tale of two halves. In the first half, they were physical with us. It was not until the second half we were able to adjust. In the second half, we attacked the basket and got in a good rhythm. Defensively we were great the entire game. We did not give them any easy baskets and then crashed the glass hard."
The win marks the first time the Knights (13-1, 4-0) have defeated the Sea Gulls (11-4, 3-1) since joining the CAC.
Both teams struggled to find offense in the first half. The Knights shot 28.5 percent from the field while holding the Sea Gulls to just 18.4 percent. Katie Garrish led the Knights with 11 of the teams 19 first-half points. The Knights went into the half leading 19-18.
The Knights offense erupted in the second half, scoring 47 points.
Southern Virginia outscored Salisbury 20-12 in the third quarter with Garrish and Savanna Christensen combining for 14 points to extend the Knights lead to 39-30.
The Knights heated up even more in the fourth, connecting on over 62 percent of their shots from the floor, including going 5-7 from deep. The Knights limited the Sea Gulls to one rebound while recording 14 for themselves in the quarter.
Southern Virginia had four of their five starters reach double figures. Garrish starred, collecting a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds. She also added five blocks and a pair of steals. Alexus Barnes scored a dozen with five boards and four assists. Bryndie Ballam and Savanna Christensen each scored 10 points apiece. Cory Stout led the bench for the second straight game with five points.
The Knights are currently riding several streaks, including an impressive 12-game win streak, seven-game winning streak on the road, and a four-game CAC winning streak.
Southern Virginia returns to Knight Arena next Wednesday, Jan. 16 to host Christopher Newport at 5:30 p.m.