March 4, 2011

Cincinnati-Clermont Ends Knights' Run At USCAA Tourney

UNIONTOWN, Pa. - 20-points from Mina Romito proved to be not enough for the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team, as they lost to Cincinnati-Clermont, and ended their run at the USCAA National Tournament. Romito added 7-rebounds to the cause, but the Knights could not find a solution to UCC's attack. SVU was also unable to stop the second unit of UCC, with the Cougars adding 30-points from the bench, and SVU adding only 10-points.

The Knights would see UCC jump to an 11-point lead before Romito hit free-throws to get the Knights on the board. SVU would go on a mini-run to get to within 4-points after a three-pointer got the score to 9-13 for the Cougars. SVU would get no closer, and saw UCC take a first half lead of 21-points in to the break at 39-18.

The scoreline meant tit was the second time in consecutive games in which Southern Virginia was unable to score more than 20-points in the first term of a game. Nicole Tolman would score first for SVU in the second half, but the quick bucket would be temporary relief, as UCC would race out to an even bigger lead. Tolman would lead the team in rebounds, as she has for the majority of the season.

Jasmin Johnson, in her final game for SVU, was the team's second leading scorer, with eight points. The Knights ultimately could not recover from poor shooting in the first half, hitting on only 16% of their shots in the first term, and 23% overall. The Knights did force UCC into 29-turnovers, but were unable to turn the free possessions into points. Southern Virginia did make 26-trips to the free-throw line, hitting on 18-attempts.

The loss ends the Knights season at 13-16, and gives Southern Virginia a seventh place finish at the USCAA Tournament.