Written by Chris Pendleton
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—With its up-tempo offense clicking, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team set a program single-game scoring record Friday night defeating fellow USCAA-affiliate Penn State University-Fayette 109-58 in the opening game of the 2011 Great Ships Classic.
Southern Virginia (3-1) never trailed against Penn State-Fayette (0-2) coming out of the gate with a 12-4 run during the opening 3:10 of the first half. After a 30-second timeout, Penn State-Fayette rolled off nine of the game's next twelve points cutting the Knights' lead to a single basket (15-13) with 15:32 remaining in the half.
It was all Southern Virginia from that point on, however, as the Knights would outscore the Roaring Lions 40-11 during the remainder of the half taking a 55-24 lead into the break.
The Knights began the second half how they ended the first, firing on all cylinders on route to a 51-point victory over PSUF.
"We dictated the tempo tonight and everyone made positive contributions," said thirteen-year head coach Mike Harmon following his team's record-breaking night. "I'm very happy for our players and I'm optimistic about the remainder of the season."
Thirteen of Southern Virginia's 14 players scored during Friday's rout of Penn State-Fayette.
Senior forward Nicole Baker (Burley, Idaho) led the way for the Knights with her second straight double-double scoring a season-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc, to go along with her game-high 10 rebounds.
Four other Knights reached double figures as Alli Winters (St. John, Wash.) and Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) each added 13 points, while Ivy Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) and Christina Augustin (Orem, Utah) finished with 12 points apiece. Newkirk was also a force on the glass grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.
After a record-breaking night, Southern Virginia faces a quick turnaround as the Knights take on Christendom College on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. EDT.