BUENA VISTA, Va. — Penn State Harrisburg shocked the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team by defeating the Knights 64-53 Saturday afternoon, snapping their 15-game win streak.
The Knights (16-2, 7-1) outscoried the Lions 16-7 in the first quarter with Alexus Barnes and Savanna Christensen each contributing seven points. In the second, the Lions cut into the Knight's lead and went into halftime trailing 33-27. Both teams shot 27 percent from the floor for the second quarter and 20 percent from beyond the arc.
The momentum in second half shifted to the Lions. The Knights were unable to build on their halftime lead through the third quarter, staying deadlocked with the Lions still only up six points (46-40) heading into the fourth.
In the final quarter, the Lions ran away with the game outscoring the Knights 24-7 stunning the Knight Arena crowd. The Knights shot just 15.4 percent, 0-5 from three, and 3-4 from the foul line in the final ten minutes of play, while the Lions shot 29.4 percent, 40 percent from deep and 10-12 from the charity stripe giving them the 64-53 victory.
Despite winning the rebounding battle 52-47 and points in the paint 20-14, the Knights shot just 25 percent from the floor, 17.4 percent from three and 55.6 percent from the foul line for the game.
Barnes led the Knights in scoring with 13 points and added seven rebounds. Katie Garrish collected a new career-high 20 rebounds to go along with 10 points and a pair of blocks.
The Knights will look to bounce back as they will face Frostburg State Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m.