Women's Basketball Opens EMU Tournament with 73-57 Win Over Royals

Women's Basketball Opens EMU Tournament with 73-57 Win Over Royals

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team improved their record to 3-1 with a win over Eastern Mennonite University Friday night by the score of 73-57. 

Katie Garrish was dominant across the board, leading the teams in points (19), blocks (7), and rebounds with 12 (six offensive and six defensive). Savanna Christensen returned to action after missing playing time due to injury and put up an impressive 15 points and one block performance off the bench while Amanda Wood also hit double-figures scoring with ten points. Cory Stout had remarkable vision on the court with a game-high eight assists. 

The Knights (3-1) dominated from the beginning of the game, establishing an early 7-2 lead in the game sparked by an Anna Singer 3-point shot. Southern Virginia added six more points at the end of the quarter. 

EMU (0-4) corrected several of their errors in the second quarter and outscored the Knights 15-13. They themselves only down by eight going into the second half. 

The third featured even scoring by both teams, but the deciding factor was Southern Virginia blocked three of the Royal's chances of adding points to the board. Moriah Dill had a critical defensive rebound as time ran out to keep a nine-point lead going into the final quarter. 

Southern Virginia used the final ten minutes of play to stamp their victory. Sophie Wright ignited Southern Virginia's momentum with an early 3-pointer early in the quarter. The Knights outscored EMU 23-16 and outrebounded the Royals 17-8, which included nine offensive rebounds.

The Knights snagged a total of 17 offensive rebounds on the night while outrebounding the Royals 49-37 and distributed the ball well with 18 assists.  Southern Virginia forced 18 turnovers on the night, which aided in their fourth-quarter run. 

The Knights will continue their two-day weekend facing off against Stevenson Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.