Written by Sean Dahlin
LYNCHBURG, Va.—Led by a career-high 30 points, highlighted by 12-for-17 from the field and 3-for-3 from deep by senior forward Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.), the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team earned its third consecutive win 76-71 on Thursday night at Randolph College.
"It's never easy to win on somebody else's court, but we were able to hold on tonight," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Our players stepped up, including Abigail [Logan] who had an outstanding offensive performance."
Southern Virginia (8-5) got off to a quick start moving ahead of Randolph (3-14) 22-13 in the first nine-plus minutes into the contest as senior Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) helped Logan offensively by scoring 16 of her 22 points—who registered a double-double with 14 rebounds as well—in the first stanza.
The Wildcats, however, cut the deficit to a four-point lead for the Knights entering into halftime.
The beginning of the second half began similar to the first as Southern Virginia—that held onto the lead for the final 35 minutes of the game—jumped out to a 60-44 lead at the 13:39 mark. Randolph made the game close going on a 27-16 run until the buzzer sounded, but time ran out on a potential Wildcats' comeback as the Knights won their third straight game.
In addition to Logan and Newkirk, freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) was the third Knight to score double digits adding 14 points and six boards. Junior guard Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds Thursday night while also recording seven points and three rebounds.
Three different Wildcats reached double figures with 22, 14 and 11 points by Abigail Bullins, Emilee Dunton and Megan Russell in the loss respectively.
Southern Virginia held an advantage at the charity stripe going 23-for-35 from the line in comparison to ODAC-affiliate Randolph that went 7-for-16 from the free throw line. Although the Wildcats held a slim 12-11 turnover margin, the Knights pulled out on top in the shooting battle, going 40.7-percent from the field with the Wildcats making 35.5-percent of its shots.
Women's basketball travels for its second straight road game, heading to fellow USCAA-opponent Washington Adventist University on Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m.