Knights Stung by Wasps Despite M. Romito's Season-High 20 Points

Photo by Justo Photography
Photo by Justo Photography

Written by Sean Dahlin

EMORY, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team recorded its third season loss on Wednesday night 78-67 at NCAA Division III Emory and Henry College.  

"We played well for the majority of the game," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "I am proud of our team for putting forth a good effort despite the loss."

Throughout the first half, Southern Virginia (3-3) and Emory and Henry (4-3) flirted with the lead as there were 11 lead changes and six other times in which the score was tied before the Wasps reclaimed the lead for a 33-30 cushion going into halftime.

After Southern Virginia evened the score with 16 minutes remaining in regulation, Emory and Henry went on a 9-0 run behind shooting 40.5-percent in the second stanza on route to an 11-point victory.  

Senior Mina Romito (Walker, La.)—who leads the team with a 16.3 points-per-game average—recorded a team season-high 20 points and eight rebounds. Junior Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) finished with her first double-double as a Knight with her season-best 15 points, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and 10 rebounds.

Freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) had a stellar night crashing the boards by grabbing 20 rebounds—helping Southern Virginia with a 58-43 rebounding advantage over the Wasps. Senior Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Sophomore guard Michelle Williams led Emory and Henry with a game-high 19 points.

The Knights again held their opponent to sub-40-percent shooting as the Wasps went 29-for-81 (35.8-percent) compared to Southern Virginia's 23-for-67 from the field for 34.3 percent.

Women's basketball finishes its three-game road swing and plays its last game of the fall semester on Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. against Lynchburg College.

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