ST. MARY'S, Md. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team remained unbeaten in conference play Saturday afternoon, after a 79-65 victory behind Alexus Barnes career-high 26 points.
The win makes the Knights (15-1, 6-0) 14th straight victory of the season and an undefeated road record (7-0).
"We played a good team in St. Mary's. They did a great job making us work on every possession. We did not feel like we were able to get in a consistent rhythm throughout the game," said head coach Adam Wardenburg.
Southern Virginia in the first quarter with 3:12 remaining was leading the Seahawks (4-13, 0-6) 12-8. St. Mary's (Md.) closed out the quarter on an 11-3 run taking the lead 19-15 at quarters end.
In the second quarter, the Seahawks were able to build up what would be their biggest lead of the game leading by six, 21-15 with nine minutes remaining in the quarter.
Midway through the quarter, the Knights created a run of their own outscoring the Seahawks 17-0 to take a 14-point lead 38-24. Southern Virginia's offense improved, shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc securing a 40-30 lead at the half.
The Knights in the third quarter allowed the Seahawks to creep back into the game with 36 seconds remaining leading only by two. A Katie Garrish layup with 19 seconds left would extend the Knights lead back to four, 57-53 at quarters end.
Southern Virginia outscored St. Mary's (Md.) in the final quarter 22-12, shooting 61.5 percent and going a perfect 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. The trio of Savanna Christensen, Barnes, and Garrish accounted for 20 of the teams 22 points and attaining a 79-65 triumph.
Barnes led the game in scoring with a new career-high of 26 points while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Garrish continued her double-double streak collecting 14 points and 14 rebounds. Christensen poured in 16 points and led the game in blocks with three. Bryndie Ballam added nine points while Cory Stout recorded a game-high seven assists. Brooke Yorgesen led the bench with six points and four rebounds.
The Knights registered 19 assists and 52.7 percent for the game while winning the battle in the paint outscoring the Seahawks 34-28. The Knights defense held St. Mary's (Md.) to shoot 32. 3 percent from the floor, the fourth consecutive game of 33 percent or less.
"We are getting better every day. The strength of our team is the contribution from each player. Everyone on this team tonight came in and played hard and was actively engaged. We continue to receive energy at a high level from everyone," added Wardenburg.
The Knights play next at Mary Washington Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6:00 p.m.