Written by Chris Pendleton
UNIONTOWN, Pa.—One day after recording its first postseason win since 2009 and advancing to the final eight of the 2012 USCAA National Championships, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team suffered a 57-62 loss to Selma University eliminating the Knights from the 16-team tournament.
All-American Senior Nicole Baker (Burley, Idaho) had a monster game for Southern Virginia scoring more than half the Knight's total points with a game-high 31 on 10-for-18 shooting to go along with her game-high 13 rebounds.
Apart from Baker, Southern Virginia struggled from to find the range shooting only 32.8 percent from the floor compared to Selma's 42.6 percent. Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) was the only other Knight to reach double figures against Selma scoring 11 points while grabbing six steals and handing out four assists.
Selma scored the first six points of the game, but Southern Virginia answered with a 20-6 run to take a 20-12 lead on a Larissa Conger (Merino, Colo.) layup with just under eleven minutes remaining in the half.
Southern Virginia went cold from that point on, however, scoring only one more basket—a jumper from Morgan Neese (Sanford, Colo.) at the 5:46 mark—over the next 10:55 of play, while Selma scored 13 to enter halftime with a three-point advantage over the Knights.
The second half remained close, but Southern Virginia never regained the lead following halftime and lost for only the third time in the past twelve games.
With Thursday's loss, women's basketball closes out the year at 14-10, including an 9-3 run down the stretch as the Knights recorded their first winning season and postseason win since 2008-09.