Written by Chris Pendleton
DANVILLE, Va.—All five starters for the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team scored in double figures during Tuesday's 78-70 overtime victory at NCAA Division III Averett University.
Southern Virginia (2-1) scored 28 of the game's first 37 points as the Knights jumped out to an early 19-point lead over Averett (0-1) in the Cougar's season opener. Averett responded with a 15-6 run during the final 6:53 of the first half cutting Southern Virginia's lead to ten (34-24) before the break.
The Cougars continued to whittle away the Knights' lead throughout the second half before finally tying the game for the first time since the opening tip at 62 apiece with only 1:35 remaining in regulation. Both teams would trade baskets making it 64-64 when freshman point guard Alli Winters (St. John, Wash.) went to the line for Southern Virginia with only six seconds left on the clock.
Winters, who was solid from the stripe making all six of her free throw attempts on the evening, stepped up to the line and sunk two clutch free throws giving Southern Virginia a 66-64 lead with six seconds still remaining. The Knights could not hold on to their two-point lead, however, as Averett's Mette Scheiman drew a foul with only two ticks left on the clock and made both free throws sending to the game to overtime.
Despite Averett's last-second comeback, Southern Virginia maintained its composure as the Knights outscored the Cougars 12-4 in overtime securing their second win of the young season.
Junior Christina Augustin (Orem, Utah) had the best game of her short career at Southern Virginia scoring a season-high 15 to go along with a season high 10 rebounds. Senior Nicole Baker (Burley, Idaho) also recorded a double-double for the Knights grabbing a game-high 13 boards, including four offensive, to go along with her 11 points.
Women's basketball is off until Friday when the Knights travel to Newport News, Va. where they will play two games in two days as one of four teams in the 2011 Great Ships Classic hosted by The Apprentice School.
Southern Virginia's first game on Friday will be against Penn State-Fayette at 6 p.m. followed by Saturday's matchup with Christendom College at 1 p.m.