Written by Chris Pendleton
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—One day after the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team set a single-game program scoring record with an 109-85 victory over Penn State University-Fayette, the Knights set a new mark on Saturday defeating Christendom College 118-50 at the 2011 Great Ships Classic.
With its offense in cruise control, Southern Virginia (4-1) netted a program-record 71 first-half points against Christendom (1-3) on the way to a 68-point victory over the Crusaders.
For the second consecutive game, 13 of Southern Virginia's 14 players scored, while five different Knights—Christina Augustin, Loretta Beaty, Ivy Kuroki, Amaris Newkirk and Mina Romito—reached double-figures.
Romito (Walker, La.) was the Knights' top scorer for the fourth time in five games this season, putting up 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting in only 15 minutes of play. Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.), who has reached double figures in all five games during her first season at Southern Virginia, added 14 in 14 minutes on the court.
Augustin (Orem, Utah) was named the classic's Most Valuable Player after averaging 11 ppg and 7.5 rpg during the Knights' two games at the Great Ships Classic, while Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.), who averaged 13 ppg and 13 rpg off the bench over the weekend, was also named to the All-Classic Team.
Beaty (Toole, Utah) reached double-digits for the first time this season scoring 10 in the victory as the freshman shooting guard hit 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-3 from downtown.
Freshman point guard Alli Winters (St. John, Wash.) was Southern Virginia's top playmaker on Saturday fueling the Knights' fast-pased offense with her season-high 12 assists.
Thirteen-year Head Coach Mike Harmon has implemented a new up-tempo offensive system this season, which has the Knights averaging 92.6 points in five games—36.5 points more than last season's average of 56.1 per game.
Southern Virginia has two-days off before hosting NCAA Division III Meredith College for its women's basketball home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
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