Mary Washington Tops Women's Basketball

Mary Washington Tops Women's Basketball

By Sam Armstrong 

BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped its conference matchup with the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, losing 64-51 in a pretty tight contest.

After trailing 21-15 in the first quarter, the Knights (5-2, 2-2 CAC) played about even with the Eagles (3-4, 2-1 CAC) to head into the fourth quarter only down five. The Knights worked hard to force turnovers to swing the game back in their favor, but the Eagles were able to knock down 13 of 17 foul shots in the period to come away with the win.

Both teams struggled from the field in the game, with the Eagles shooting 30% while the Knights shot 29%. Mary Washington took advantage on at the free throw line, where they shot 24 of 38, and on the boards, where they out-rebounded Southern Virginia by 13.

Leading the Knights again was freshman Katie Garrish, who posted 18 points with 14 rebounds to record her fifth straight double-double. Currently, she ranks third in the conference in points per game and second in rebounds. Second in the CAC in points per game is teammate Shelby Butler, who posted yet another double-digit effort with 10 points.

Alexus Barnes scored eight on just 2-11 shooting while swatting four Eagles' shots, and fellow wing and defensive stopper Jamilla Gambee ended the night with five steals.

The Knights hit the road on Friday, making the hour trip south to take on Roanoke College. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.