Christensen Sinks Game-Winner to Carry Knights Past Blue Jays

Christensen Sinks Game-Winner to Carry Knights Past Blue Jays

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team defeated Elizabethtown 72-70 after junior Savanna Christensen scored the game-winning basket with one second remaining to give the Knights their third straight win.

Katie Garrish earned herself a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds on the night, both were game-highs. Savanna Christensen followed closely behind Garrish with 16 points. Angel Tuisavura tied Christensen with a team-high five assists. Anna Singer logged valuable minutes off the bench and led all bench players with nine points.

The Knights (11-2) found themselves with a generous 12-4 lead to start the game and would go on to end the first quarter up 17-10 led by Garrish and Christensen's four points. The Blue Jays (5-5) tied the game for the first time 32-32 with 0:59 remaining in the half. Elizabethtown went into the locker room with a one-point lead over Southern Virginia University 35-34 after outscoring the Knights 25-17 in the second quarter.

At the break, the Knights outshot the Blue Jays 48.39 percent (15-for-31) to 40.63 percent (13-for-32) from the field. Southern Virginia took the advantage on the boards 16-14 over Elizabethtown.

After the break, the Knights scored the first four points of the half. Both teams exchanged buckets and the lead throughout the quarter. The Blue Jays outscored Southern Virginia for the second consecutive quarter 22-20 to lead 57-54 in the third quarter, led by Mikayla Ruth and Lydia Lawson's six points.

In the fourth, the Knights found themselves down 10 points 66-56 with seven minutes remaining. Southern Virginia came back after a 12-4 run to bring them within two points 68-70 off a Garrish layup with 1:09 remaining.

With 0:47 remaining in the game, Singer knocked the ball loose, forced a turnover that allowed Christensen to pick up the ball, and take it down the court to tie the game at 70 apiece with 0:44 remaining. Then with 0:16 remaining, Garrish forced a turnover to give possession to the Knights.

Southern Virginia used a timeout with 0:07 remaining off an Elizabethtown foul to set up the game-winning play. With seven seconds remaining in the game, the Knights inbounded, and Cory Stout passed the ball to Christensen, who got free from her defender to hit the game-winning shot to put the Knights up 72-70 with one second remaining. The game-winner gave Southern Virginia its first lead since the beginning of the third quarter.

The Knights outshot the Blue Jays in the game 47.1 percent (32-for-68) to 45 percent (27-for-60) from the field. Southern Virginia dominated again at the boards outrebounding Elizabethtown 40-31 with 14 being offensive. The Knights' bench outscored the Blue Jays bench 13-10. Southern Virginia capitalized on turnovers earning 27 points off of turnovers and dominated in the paint outscoring Elizabethtown 52-32.

Southern Virginia University will look to extend their winning streak to four games taking on Gallaudet on Jan. 7 in Knight Arena. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.