Written by Chris Pendleton
CONWAY, S.C.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night falling at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina University 68-83.
Alli Winters (St. John, Wash.) gave Southern Virginia (1-1) a 7-0 lead over Coastal Carolina (1-0) when the true freshman hit a three-pointer 1:43 into the first half.
The Chanticleer's responded to their early deficit by scoring the game's next ten points over a 2:30 stretch taking a 7-10 lead over the Knights at the 14:47 mark.
Southern Virginia continued to play Coastal Carolina closely throughout the first half as a layup by junior forward Christina Augustin (Orem, Utah) tied the game at 17 points apiece with 6:22 remaining in the opening half.
The Knights trailed by only eight (28-36) at the break before Coastal Carolina pulled away in the second half, opening the period with an 11-2 run on the way to a 15-point victory over Southern Virginia.
Junior guard Mina Romito (Walker, La.) led the Knights in scoring for the second time in as many games this season netting 15 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Fellow junior-college transfers Augustin and Ivy Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) each added 11 points, while Augustin pulled in a team-high eight boards and Kuroki dished out a team-high six assists.
Winters and Nicole Baker (Burley, Idaho) both chipped in eight points and grabbed five rebounds in the loss.
Despite the disappointing outcome, Friday's loss showed great improvement from last season when the Knights fell 27-66 at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 12.
Women's basketball returns to action next Tuesday when the Knights travel to NCAA Division III Averett University for a game at 5:30 p.m. EDT.