Knights Win 10th Straight, Knock Off Spartans, 76-69

Knights Win 10th Straight, Knock Off Spartans, 76-69

YORK, Pa. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team won their 10th straight game and second straight conference game Saturday afternoon, defeating York College of Pennsylvania 76-69 on the road.

Three Knights (11-1, 2-0) tallied double-figures in the scoring column, led by Katie Garrish and Savanna Christensen with 20 points each and Alexus Barnes adding 15 points. Garrish also grabbed 15 rebounds for Southern Virginia.

"We had a great team win today. One of the great things about our team is how we do not rely on just one player," said head coach Adam Wardenburg. "We have the confidence that anyone can come in at any time and play a big role. We got that out of a few of our players today and they provided a huge spark for us on the road."

The first quarter the Knights jumped out to a 10-point lead with the score 20-10. The second quarter shifted in favor of the Spartans (5-8, 0-2), outscoring the Knights 20-16. The Knights would maintain the lead at the half with the score 36-30.

In the first half, Southern Virginia would shoot 42.9 percent from the field and held the Spartans to just 25.7 percent shooting. Knights turnovers and 11-15 from the foul line would allow the Spartans to stay close.

York College of Pennsylvania would continue to claw themselves closer to the Knights in the third quarter, ending the quarter trailing by one 49-48.

The Knights would respond with a solid fourth quarter, scoring 27 points as a team. Christensen would score 15 of her 20 points in the second half and teammate Barnes would also score 11 of her 15 points in the final quarter to help Southern Virginia pull away to a 76-69 victory.

"We moved the ball really well on offense and we got some great looks," added Wardenburg. "Defensively, we need to communicate a little more and be active, but we played great overall as a team."

For the second game straight, the Knights dominated the boards 58-40. Southern Virginia turned their scrappy play into a 22-14 second-chance points and 38-28 points in the paint advantage.

This is the first time Southern Virginia has won at York College of Pennsylvania since joining the conference. The Knights are now 7-0 on the road this season.

The Knights will return for their first conference game at Knight Arena. They will face Frostburg State Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.