Defensive Stronghold Leads Knights Past Mary Baldwin

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Sean Dahlin

STAUNTON, Va.—Senior forward Mina Romito (Walker, La.) scored a team-high 16 points, including hitting 4-for-5 from three-point range, on Tuesday as the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team snapped its two-game skid with a 61-34 win at Mary Baldwin College.

"We played more efficiently tonight on offense and defense than we have all season," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "When we play to our strengths, we are a tough team to beat."

For the fourth time in five contests, Southern Virginia (3-2) held its opponent, Mary Baldwin (0-5), to below 40-percent shooting—the Fighting Squirrels finished 12-for-40 (30-percent) from the field on the evening.  

Alongside her sister M. Romito's 16 points and four rebounds, Knights freshman forward Shannon Romito (Walker, La.) contributed in a big way off the bench coming down with a game-best eight rebounds while recording 9 points on 4-of-10 attempts.

Senior forward Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) was just the second Southern Virginia scorer to reach double-digits recording 11 points on 5-for-7 from the field and seven boards in her 28 minutes of action on the court.

"Taking care of the ball was one of our main objectives in the game," said Harmon. "And, I feel we accomplished that task tonight."

After jumping out to a 31-17 lead at intermission, Southern Virginia picked up where it left off in the second half going on a 17-0 run in the first seven minutes to extend its lead on route to the victory Tuesday night.

The Knights shot 46.4-percent (26-for-56) overall including 55.6-percent from downtown while also forcing 29 Mary Baldwin turnovers compared to committing a season-low 16.  

Senior Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) added seven points and six rebounds for the Southern Virginia win. Sophomore guard Shanice Miles led the Fighting Squirrels with 18 points.

Women's basketball has little time to celebrate traveling to take on ODAC-member Emory and Henry College on Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. EST.

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