UNIONTOWN, Pa. - The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team could not slow down a fast start from Spaulding University, and fell to the fifth seeded team, 67-50 ending the Knights' run at the USCAA National Title. Spaulding would take the first lead of the game, and never looked back, as they took an 11-point lead in to the half at 28-17. Mina Romito was the leading scorer for the Knights, putting in 19-points.
A Romito three-pointer at the beginning of the second half gave the Knights hope of a second half comeback. Southern Virginia was also getting help from Jasmin Johnson, who added 10-points in a bid to keep her last season alive.
Spaulding was not in an accommodating mood, and absorbed the increased effort from the Knights, and went on an 18-5 run later in the second half to put the game out of reach for SVU. The Knights trailed by as much as 23-points in the second before a mini-comeback got Southern Virginia within 13-points of Spaulding at the 3:40 mark after Johnson hit a shot in the paint.
Nicole Tolman was the team's leading rebounder as she pulled down 9-rebounds. Defensively, SVU kept Spaulding from quality shots, as the team hit on 29% of its shots, while SVU was connecting on almost 43% of its shots. Free-throws killed SVU, as Spaulding made 32-trips to the stripe, hitting on 20, while the Knights only made 9-trips.
Spaulding also had an advantage on the boards, pulling down 49-rebounds to SVU's 38. The Knights have will now be playing to make it to the fifth-place game in the consolation bracket. The Knights will take on University of Cincinnati- Clermont at 3:00 pm. The loss drops SVU to 13-15 on the season.