NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell 83-67 to Christopher Newport in the school's first-ever appearance in a Capital Athletic Conference game, played at the Freeman Center.
The top two seeds in the CAC faced off after previously splitting the season 1-1, each winning on their respective home courts.
In the first quarter, the Captains (23-5) jumped all over the Knights (21-6) creating a 14-point lead. Amanda Wood led the Knights with six points in the quarter. Both teams did not shoot above 35 percent for the quarter but Christopher Newport was able to capitalize on the Knights' nine turnovers.
The Knights outscored the Captains 24-23 in the second quarter behind Katie Garrish scoring 12 points. The Knights' offense heated up as they shot 60 percent from the floor and 50 percent from deep. Southern Virginia entered the half trailing 51-38.
The momentum of the game swung heavily in favor of the Captains in the third quarter when they held the Knights to shooting just 18.8 percent from the field and not allowing a three-pointer. The Knights scored eight points compared to the Captains 19 and now trailed by their largest deficit of the game 70-46.
In the final quarter, the Knights were unable to get within striking distance, despite a solid quarter outscoring the Captains 21-13 by the final score of 83-67.
Despite the loss, CAC Player of the Year Katie Garrish set one more remarkable record to her season recording the school's first 20-20 game since joining Division III. Garrish led the Knights with 22 points, 22 rebounds and eight blocks.