Knights Three-Game Winning Streak Snapped with Loss at WAU

Knights Three-Game Winning Streak Snapped with Loss at WAU

Written by Sean Dahlin

TAKOMA PARK, Md.—Despite leading by as many as nine points in the first half, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team snapped its three-game winning streak dropping its 43-42 Monday evening game at Washington Adventist University.

"The game came down to the wire and we came up just short," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "This is a difficult loss on the road, but I'm proud of my team for playing good defense and for competing for all 40 minutes."

The first nine-plus minutes of the contest saw Southern Virginia (8-6) run ahead by nine—16-7—before Washington Adventist (3-13) rallied with a 20-4 run before intermission to earn a 23-20 halftime lead.

The Shock extended their margin to 12 points in the second stanza, but the Knights clawed back into the game behind double-doubles from seniors Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) and Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.), who recorded 11 and 12 points with 13 and 19 boards respectively.   

The Southern Virginia rally, however, came up just short as Washington Adventist earned the one-point victory on its home court.

Freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) added 10 points and six rebounds in the loss while junior guard Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) led all Knights with five assists.

The Shock were led by Briana McClain, who scored a game-high 13 points on Monday night.

Southern Virginia held a distinct 50-37 rebounding advantage and outshot Washington Adventist 40.4-percent from the field in comparison to 25-percent by the Shock. The Knights, however, committed 30 turnovers while the home team gave up 13.

Women's basketball returns home with little time to rest to face Capital Athletic Conference-foe Frostburg State University tomorrow, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

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