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UMW Women's Basketball Tops Southern Virginia, 66-53

UMW Women's Basketball Tops Southern Virginia, 66-53

Sophomore forward Tory Martin scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Mary Washington women's basketball team to a 66-53 victory at Southern Virginia University on Wednesday evening in Buena Vista, Va. The Eagles even their record at 12-12 overall.

Both teams came out firing in the first quarter, as 29 total points were scored in the first 10 minutes. The Eagles built a 6-1 lead and made several attempts to pull away early, but each time the Knights answered to remain within striking distance. UMW held a 15-14 lead after the first quarter of play.

In the second quarter, the lead went back and forth through the early going, but the home team scored four straight to take a 23-20 lead with 5:42 left before halftime. From there, the Eagles scored five straight, all from sophomore Kayla Sakyi, and extended the run to 9-0 before the final horn blew. UMW led, 29-23, at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Knights made a run at the Eagle lead, scoring seven straight to come to within one at 33-32. Once again, the Eagles finished strong, scoring the final six points of the frame to resume a 39-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Eagles quickly built a double-digit lead in the final quarter on a layup from freshman Faith St. Clair, bur five straight from Southern Virginia trimmed the margin to 46-41 with 7:06 left. A pair of Martin baskets and a three pointer from Emily Thompson upped the advantage to 13, at 56-43 with 4:43 on the clock. Southern Virginia would come no closer than seven down the stretch, as the Eagles cruised to their second straight win.

Martin led the Eagles with 21 points on 10-19 field goals, while senior Jordan Pamlanye added 13 and Emily Thompson 11. The Eagles shot 22-45 from the field (48.9%), making 3-6 three point attempts and 19-27 free throws. Southern Virginia shot 19-61 from the field (31.1%), making 3-16 three point tries and 12-17 free throws. The Eagles led in rebounding 40-34.

The Eagles will close the regular season on Saturday as they visit York College of Pa. at 1:00 p.m.