BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University women’s basketball team dropped their final regular-season game of the year to conference foe Christopher Newport University by the score of 74-64 on senior night.
Katie Garrish recorded her 17th double-double of the season with 17 points, 11 of which from free throws, and ten rebounds. Anna Singer followed Garrish with 14 points and six rebounds to lead all bench players while senior Cory Stout dished out a game-high five assists and added 11 points.
The Knights (16-8, 4-6 CAC) struggled in the first quarter of play getting outscored by the Captains (21-4, 10-0 CAC) 20-4. Christopher Newport jumped out to an early 8-0 lead with 8:04 on the clock before senior Angel Tuisavura put two points on the board with a made layup. Tuisavura scored all four points for Southern Virginia in the first after hitting a jump shot late in the quarter before heading into the second.
Savanna Christensen put two more points on the board for the Knights to begin the second quarter of play to bring the score to 20-6. After a made layup by the Captains, Garrish earned her first points of the night after a made layup making the score 22-8 with 9:21 on the clock. One minute later, Garrish again made another layup to make it 22-10 with 8:06 remaining before Christopher Newport would respond with four consecutive points to extend their lead to 16 points 26-10 with 7:09 left.
Following three free throws by Singer, the Captains used an 8-0 run to bring the score to 34-13 with 4:45 on the clock before the Knights used a 7-0 run initiated by a Singer jump shot to make it 34-20 with 2:52 remaining in the half. Christopher Newport closed out the quarter with four more points to go into the intermission with the 37-20 lead over Southern Virginia.
At the break, the Captains outshot the Knights 44.8 percent (13-for-29) and 24.1 percent (7-for-29) from the field while also holding the advantage on the boards 20-9. Singer led all players with nine points at the half.
After a made layup by Anaya Simmons of Christopher Newport, a Christensen made jump shot sparked a 6-0 run to make the new score 39-26 with 7:37 remaining in the quarter. Both teams then exchanged 6-0 runs again, making the score 45-32 with 4:09 left. Closing out the quarter, each team traded layups with the Captains outscoring the Knights the remainder of the quarter 9-6 to head into the final quarter of play with a 54-38 advantage.
Midway through the fourth quarter with the score 64-47 with 6:24 remaining in the game, Southern Virginia went on a 14-4 run with all 14 points coming from free throws to cut their deficit to seven points with :36 remaining. Two free throws from the Captains extended their lead back up to nine points before Singer hit a three-pointer to make the deficit now six points 70-64 with :20 remaining in the game. Four more free throws off forced fouls by the Knights gave Christopher Newport the 74-64 victory in the final regular-season Capital Athletic Conference matchup.
Southern Virginia heads into conference playoffs onSaturday, Feb. 26, to face-off against Salisbury University. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.