Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Five members of the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team scored in double-figures during Tuesday night's 60-48 victory against Capital Athletic Conference-member Frostburg State University in front of a ruckus home crowd at Knight Sports Arena.
"Playing in front of our home crowd always energizes our team," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "We made the necessary adjustments in the second half by crashing the boards and distributing the ball evenly on offense."
Southern Virginia (9-6) moved ahead to a seven-point lead over Frostburg State (5-15) in the first 17-plus minutes of the contest before the Bobcats' Ronje' James scored the final six points to cut the deficit to 21-20 before the buzzer sounded, moving into halftime.
A layup made by freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.)—who registered 11 points and 12 rebounds on the evening—at the 6:48 mark in the second half extended Southern Virginia's lead to 11 points.
In the Bobcats' unsuccessful attempt to cut into the lead, Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.), Georgia Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) and Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) hit six straight free throws on route to Southern Virginia's 12-point victory at home.
Kuroki earned season highs in points (14) and rebounds (9) including a game-high four assists while senior forward Abigail Logan contributed with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Two other Knights reached double figures as Georgia Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) and Newkirk scored 10 and 12 points respectively.
Frostburg State's forward Brynne Arnone made 7-for-13 from the field to lead the team with 14 points.
Southern Virginia held a 49-31 rebounding average and made 20-of-31 free throws while Frostburg State hit 1-for-3 from the charity stripe. The Knights shot a season-low 29.5-percent (18-for-61 from the field) compared to the Bobcats' 38.9-percent.
Women's basketball hits the road to Raleigh, N.C., to face its third NCAA Division III opponent in the last four games against Meredith College on Jan. 31.