BUENA VISTA, Va — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team opened Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play with a victory over Salisbury University 67-55.
"I am very pleased with the way we started the game and how we were able to keep the momentum for a majority of the game," said head coach Lynnette Schroeder. "We moved the ball well and knocked down open shots."
Savanna Christensen shined for the Knights (13-2, 1-0 CAC) with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds. Katie Garrish concluded her night with 14 points along with 14 rebounds. The duo had their presence felt in the paint with a combined eight blocks on the day. Sophie Wright ended her day with 12 points and four assists. Coming off the bench, Amanda led all bench players with six points.
Southern Virginia started the game establishing a dominant 13-4 lead. The Knights scored six more points making it 18-6 before the Sea Gulls (7-8) would sink seven straight points. Southern Virginia ended the first quarter with a 24-15 lead led by Wright's seven points.
Salisbury held their ground in the second quarter holding the Knights to only 12 points. Both offenses struggled in the second quarter, but the Sea Gulls outshot Southern Virginia 26.7 percent (4-for-15) to 23.1 percent (3-for-13) from the field and 40 percent (2-for-5) to 25 percent (1-for-4) from the three.
At the break, Southern Virginia had the lead 36-26 led by Christensen's 12 points. The Knights outshot the Sea Gulls 42.9 percent (12-for-28) to 24.24 percent (8-for-33) percent from the field. Southern Virginia outrebounded Salisbury 22-20, four of which were offensive.
Both teams exchanged points to start the second half before the Knights scored eight consecutive points off two free throws from Christensen to extend their largest lead of the game at 46-28 with 6:28 remaining in the third.
Salisbury outscored Southern Virginia in the fourth quarter led by Lauren Fortescue's seven points, but it was too little too late. Salisbury attempted to use a 9-3 run after being down 55-42 with 8:10 left in the game to bring the score to 58-51, but with :56 remaining in the game, Christensen solidified their victory with a three-point shot to give the victory to the Knights.
Southern Virginia ended the game outshooting Salisbury 40 percent (22-for-55) to 25 percent (19-for-76) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-for-13) to 23.8 percent (5-for-21) from the three-point line. The Knights edged out the Sea Gulls in the rebound battle 49-46.
Southern Virginia looks to extend their winning streak to seven games as they continue CAC competition on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Knights travel to Newport News, Va. to take on Christopher Newport at 6 p.m.