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.