Written by Sean Dahlin
LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team ended the fall semester schedule suffering its second straight road loss 59-61 on Friday to Lynchburg College.
"Tonight's game was a great back-and-forth battle," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "We never let up and had our chances to win, but the breaks unfortunately didn't go our way down the stretch."
Falling behind by 11 points (17-28) with 7:39 left in the first half, Southern Virginia (3-4) clawed its way back to within three of Lynchburg College (5-3) 33-30 at intermission behind seven of the team's 13 points from senior Mina Romito (Walker, La.)—who scored a team-high 18 points knocking down 8 of her 15 attempts.
The Knights found themselves with a 51-47 lead with 8:23 remaining in the contest after a layup from freshman forward Shannon Romito (Walker, La.) before the Hornets went on a 14-8 run highlighted by a three-point make by Lynchburg's Shannon Allan to give her team a 59-57 lead that would not be relinquished.
Southern Virginia freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) repeated with another double-digit rebounding performance as she grabbed 14 boards—she recorded 20 rebounds Thursday night—and added 13 points marking her third double-double in seven games.
Seniors Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) and Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) had solid performances each contributing 12 and 8 points along with seven and six rebounds respectively. S. Romito provided some depth for the Knights off the bench as she brought down seven rebounds and added four points in the loss.
Allan led all scorers with 27 points on 11-for-23 from the field in the win for the Hornets.
The Knights shot on 25-for-61 (41-percent) from the field and 0-for-9 from beyond the arc compared to Lynchburg's 34.8-percent on 24-for-69 shooting. Southern Virginia held a 46-41 rebounding advantage as well.
Women's basketball will not play again until Tuesday, January 8, in its first home contest hosting USCAA-rival The Apprentice School.