BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team recorded the largest amount of points for the season, as they swept past Washington Adventist 81-55. Nicole Tolman led all scorers as she registered 19-points, and also pulled down 7-rebounds to lead the way, as the Knights returned to the win column. Mina Romito chipped in 16-points and 6-rebounds, as the Knights never trailed, and coasted to the easy victory. The win also keeps the Knights undefeated against USCAA foes.
SVU was able to jump out early in the first half, as Jasmin Johnson hit a three-point to shot to kick-start the hosts. A quick shot from the Shock got the visitors as close as they would get at 3-2. Abi Logan would start a run for the Knights that would see them jump to a 16-6 lead.
The Knights would have their largest lead of the half at 18-points after a Tolman bucket gave the hosts a 30-12 lead. WAU would mount a small comeback, as they finished out the half trailing the hosts 33-23.
The past few games have been nail biters for the Knights, as games have come down to the wire. The Shock looked to be making a game of it, as they scored a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 7-points. A 12-0 run, capped by a Tolman score, put the game out of reach for the visitors, and the hosts slowly added to an insurmountable lead. Another 8-0 run increased the gap, and the Knights were on their way to a huge win heading down the home stretch of the season.
The Knights were strong on the boards, as they out-rebounded the Shock 44-27. In a reversal of the past few games, the Knights were able to make more trips to the free-throw line, as they had 20-free-throw attempts in the game, hitting on sixteen. The hosts also forced 23- Washington Adventist turnovers.
The win puts the Knights at 10-13 on the season. SVU currently sits at #6 in the USCAA coaches' poll, and the win helps push them closer to a bid for the USCAA National Tournament next month. Southern Virginia will hit the road for its next game, as the team travels to Mary Baldwin, Feb. 12 for a 2:00 game against another NCAA D.III foe.