By Sam Armstrong
BUENA VISTA, Va. — In a game where the lead changed 10 different times, the Southern University women's basketball team used a third-quarter surge to win their third straight game and home opener by a score of 79-68 against Randolph College.
A back-and-forth game in the first half, the Wildcats (2-2) took a 38-35 lead into the break. The Knights came out firing in the second half, going on a 21-7 run at the start the third quarter to gain an 11-point advantage. The Wildcats made things close several times throughout the rest of the game, but Southern Virginia wouldn't relinquish its lead on the way to the win.
The Knights' post players led the charge, with freshman Katie Garrish scoring with 24 on 11-17 shooting and tracking down 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career. She would also tack on four assists and three blocks in the stellar performance.
Senior Shelby Butler scored 18 points for the third game in a row while grabbing five boards and going a perfect 6-6 from the foul line. Wing Jamilla Gambee was the only other Knight in double figures with 12 points while wreaking havoc on the defensive end with four steals.
Southern Virginia shared the ball well, assisting on an impressive 18 of 28 field goals, as point guard Cory Stout finished the game with seven assists to go along with her eight points. The Knights also dominated in the paint, scoring 36 points down low compared to the Wildcats' 24 points in the paint.
Randolph played solid team basketball as well, putting four players in double figures including 20 from Kalyn Banks.
The Knights look to keep their winning streak alive as they head into conference play on Saturday, taking on Penn St.-Harrisburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.