LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team defeated Redlands in their first game of the Pat Deacon Tournament Friday night by the score of 79-71, and increase their winning streak to four games.
Four Knights reached double-digit points on the night led by Katie Garrish's 24 points, 11 boards, and five blocks. Savanna Christensen followed closely behind Garrish with 18 points and nine rebounds of her own. Sophie Wright finished the night with 11 points, and Anna Singer led the bench with ten. Senior Cory Stout ended the night, dishing out a game-high six assists.
The highlight of the night was Southern Virginia (5-1) dominating the rebound game. The Knights outrebounded the Bulldogs (3-2) 42-32 on the night with 13 of the rebounds being offensive. Wright and Garrish each contributed three offensive rebounds to lead Southern Virginia.
The game started off with both teams exchanging points throughout the first quarter of play. Wright started the scoring off in the first 30 seconds. After two free throws made by Amanda Wood and a layup by Katie Garrish, the Knights never looked back, never surrendering their lead.
Defense starred in the second quarter for Southern Virginia. The Knights did not allow the Bulldogs to capitalize on any three-point attempts taken, and the rebound battle went to Southern Virginia 12-7. The Knights went into halftime with a solid 38-29 lead.
Christensen and Singer took the reigns of offense to start the second half of play. Christensen lead the third quarter with seven points, and Singer followed with six of her own. Christensen and Singer's shooting contributed to the Knight's impressive 42 shooting percentage from the field and 50 percent shooting from three.
Redlands saved their best play for last and made it challenging for Southern Virginia to secure the win. The Bulldogs outscored the Knights 30-23 in the fourth quarter and stalemated the rebound game 7-7. Although having an impressive final quarter of play, Redlands could not come back and fell to Southern Virginia by the final score of 79-71.
Southern Virginia dominated in the paint along with rebounds. Points in the paint went in favor of the Knights 44-24. Points off turnovers also went in favor of Southern Virginia 17-16.
Consistency was key with the Knight's shooting from the paint, maintaining a minimum of 42 percent shooting from the field each quarter and ending the game with a 47.5 shooting average for the game.
Southern Virginia continues their play at the Pat Deacon Tournament Saturday afternoon. The time of tip-off and opponent is still to be announced.