SALISBURY, Md. —The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team earned a 67-60 victory in OT on Saturday afternoon backed by a double-digit scoring performance by four of their five starters.
With the win, the Knights are tied for the top spot in the conference with Christopher Newport University.
In the first half of action, the Knights (17-4, 8-3 CAC) were able to outplay the Seagulls (15-7, 7-4 CAC) taking a five point lead into the locker room, 28-23.
The Knights were able to hold onto that lead, extending it to seven, 45-38 heading into the fourth quarter of play.
In the fourth, Salisbury climbed back into the game scoring several buckets including a layup that gave them a two-point lead with ten seconds left to play.
On their final attempt in regulation, Bryndie Ballam had a layup opportunity to tie the game but wasn't able to connect, she grabbed her own offensive rebound and laid the ball in as time expired, sending the game to overtime.
Overtime was all Knights as they out-scored the Seagulls 10-3 earning the 67-60 win.
"We earned a hard fought win today," said head coach Adam Wardenburg. "We knew this game was going to be a battle and our defense is what won us this game. Our communication was great and our players were active. Offensively we learned a great lesson, when we play together and everyone has one purpose we are a great team. We were able to execute late in the fourth quarter and in overtime allowing us to come out with the win."
Barnes had a game-high 19 points for the Knights and Katie Garrish had another tremendous performance with 14 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Savannah Christensen and Bryndie Ballam also had solid outings for Southern Virginia scoring 18 and 14 points respectively.
The Knights will return home to face off against conference rival Mary Washington on the 13th of February at 5:30 p.m.