Written by Chris Pendleton
TAKOMA PARK, Md.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night at NCAA Division II Washington Adventist University as the Knights closed out their regular-season schedule with a 68-70 overtime loss to the Shock in The Pitt.
Southern Virginia (13-9) had a game-high 13-point lead over Washington Adventist (6-15) after a Morgan Neese 3-pointer with four minutes remaining in the first half, but the Shock closed out the half on a 14-4 run pulling within three points (38-35) of the Knights by intermission.
The score remained close throughout the second half with neither team leading by more than five as the lead changed hands seven times during the final 20 minutes of action.
With the game knotted at 61-61 and 4:03 left to play, neither team scored for nearly three minutes until Amaris Newkirk gave Southern Virginia a 63-61 lead with 71 ticks left on the clock.
The Knights could not hold on for their sixth straight win, however, as a layup from WAU's Quiannia Tiggle tied the score at 63 apiece sending Southern Virginia to its second overtime session of the season.
Southern Virginia struggled offensively in overtime scoring only five points during the five-minute extra period on route to a two-point loss marking the Knights' first defeat in nearly a month.
Nicole Baker and Newkirk each finished with double-doubles as Baker scored 17 to go along with 15 rebounds, while Newkirk netted 16 and pulled down a career-high 18 boards.
Cara Joyner also played well in the loss adding 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
The Knights shot only 35.9 percent from the field on Tuesday, while Washington Adventist connected on 43.8 percent of its shot attempts.
Women's basketball now has two weeks to prepare for the 2012 USCAA National Championships which will be held in Uniontown, Pa., from Mar. 6-10.
Southern Virginia is currently ranked No. 7 in the USCAA Coaches' Poll having won eight of its last ten games heading into nationals.