Women's Basketball Goes Undefeated at Pat Deacon Tournament Defeating Scots 68-56

Women's Basketball Goes Undefeated at Pat Deacon Tournament Defeating Scots 68-56

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team defeated Maryville (Tenn.) by the score of 68-56, going undefeated at the Pat Deacon Tournament. 

Savanna Christensen led the Knights (6-1) with 19 points followed closely by Katie Garrish with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, collecting her sixth double-double of the season  Sophie Wright joined the ranks of achieving double-digit points on the night with 11 while Anna Singer for the second consecutive game led the Knights bench in scoring with nine points. Christensen led Southern Virginia in blocks (three) and shared the game-high assist number of five with Wright. 

The match featured back-and-forth action on the night with six ties and eight lead changes throughout the competition. 

The Knights did not win the rebound battle (33-36) but used their 40 percent (6-for-15) shooting from three and 48.1 percent (26-for-54) from the field to lock in their victory on the night. 

The Knights began the game on the wrong foot, getting outscored by the Scots (5-2) 33-20 and finding themselves down by the most significant margin at halftime all season. 

Southern Virginia looked like a new team beginning the second half, outscoring the Scots 26-11 in the third. Christensen lead the team with 11 of the 26 points scored. Garrish dominated and gave life to the team with four rebounds to give the time of possession advantage to the Knights. 

The fourth quarter followed a similar script to that of the third with Southern Virginia outscoring Maryville 22-12. Garrish took matters into her own hands to leading the quarter with eight points and five rebounds, two of which were offensive. 

The second half showcased a strong shooting performance by Southern Virginia, outshooting the Scots 57.9 percent (18-for-31) to 25.4 percent (8-for-33) from the field and 50 percent (4-for-8) to 18.8 percent (3-for-16) from three-point range, improving their win streak to five games. 

Christensen was selected the Pat Deacon Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.5 points per game, eight rebounds, 4.5 assists, two blocks and shooting 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the floor. Garrish also was named to the Pat Deacon Tournament All-Tournament Team for her stellar play. 
The Knights return to Knight Arena on Dec. 7 to face off against Greensboro. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

Pat Deacon Tournament All-Tournament Team
Alyssa Downs, Redlands
Shelby Boyle, Transylvania
Klaire Varney, Maryville
Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia
Savanna Christensen, Southern Virginia (Tournament Most Valuable Player)