Written by Sean Dahlin
CONWAY, S.C.—Despite double-digit scoring by three members from the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team, the Knights dropped their first game of the season on Tuesday night 79-46 to NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina University.
"We struggled in the field and at the free throw line during the first half," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "We played a tough opponent in Coastal Carolina, but I am proud of our team for making adjustments and executing better in the second half."
Senior forward Mina Romito (Walker, La.)—the team's leading scorer in all three games this season—recorded a game-high 12 points and nine rebounds for Southern Virginia. Junior guard Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) added 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in the loss.
The Knights' received a spark off the bench from freshman Shannon Romito (Walker, La.)—the third double-digit scorer of the game—who netted 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.
In the opening period, Southern Virginia's (2-1) defense forced 10 turnovers and held Coastal Carolina (4-1) to 31.9-percent shooting from the field. The Knights, however, struggled on the offensive end committing 14 turnovers while hitting 26.9-percent (7-of-26) of its shots, including 5-of-12 from the free throw line to fall behind 33-19 at halftime.
Throughout the second half, Southern Virginia improved its offensive output scoring 27 points and connecting on 5-of-6 shots from the charity stripe. Coastal Carolina proved to be too much, making 60.6-percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes of the contest including finishing 12-for-15 at the free throw line for the win.
The Chanticleers were given a boost by reserve guard Angelica Henry who scored a game-high 18 points while recording four assists and four steals.
Women's basketball is off until Dec. 1, when the Knights travel south to face Salem University at 2 p.m.