Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Behind career nights from Christina Augustin, Ivy Kuroki and Alli Winters, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team scored 100-plus points for the third consecutive game as the Knights defeated Meredith College 106-94 during Tuesday's home opener.
Southern Virginia (5-1) never trailed during Tuesday's wire-to-wire win over Meredith (1-1) as five different Knights—Augustin, Nicole Baker, Kuroki, Amaris Newkirk and Winters—reached double-figures for the fifth time this season.
Meredith struggled early against the Knights' frenetic play as the Avenging Angels committed 21 first-half turnovers leading to a 49-32 Southern Virginia advantage at intermission.
After the break, Meredith adjusted to Southern Virginia's fast-passed style outscoring the Knights 57-62 in the second half. The Avenging Angels were unable to make up their 17-point halftime deficit, however, eventually falling to the Knights by 12 (106-94).
With leading scorer Mina Romito (Walker, La.) out of the lineup, junior forward Augustin (Orem, Utah) stepped in with the best game of her young Southern Virginia career scoring 27 points on 12-of-21 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds.
Junior shooting guard Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) also had her Southern Virginia career high on Tuesday netting an efficient 21 points on a sizzling 8-of-12 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc, while dishing out 8 dimes.
Running Southern Virginia's up-tempo offense, freshman point guard Winters (St. John, Wash.) led all players with 10 assists and 5 steals on the evening. Winters was also the third Knight to score a career-high against Meredith hitting a game-high 5 three pointers on the way to 16 points and her first collegiate double-double.
Senior Baker (Burley, Idaho) and junior Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) both recorded double-doubles of their own as the duo combined for 22 points and 22 rebounds against Meredith. Baker now has a double-double in three of her last four games, while Newkirk has gone for a double-double in each of her last three appearances.
Senior forward Cara Joyner (Columbia, Miss.) chipped in 8 points and 8 boards in the victory.
"The team is really buying in to our new system and it shows," said thirteen-year head coach Mike Harmon following Tuesday's victory. "We're getting positive contributions from every player, which makes us really difficult to defend."
Southern Virginia has now won four straight for the first time since 2008 when the Knights opened the season at 5-0.
Women's basketball has a week off before traveling to Wofford College (3-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. EDT.