Written by Sean Dahlin
RALEIGH, N.C.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team suffered its second straight road loss on Thursday at Meredith College as the Avenging Angels' Bryana Holmes knocked down a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to defeat the visiting Knights 64-63.
"We did a phenomenal job of getting ourselves back in the game and forcing overtime," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "It's unfortunate that we didn't come out with the win, but I'm encouraged by our effort tonight heading into the final stretch of the season."
After falling behind by as many as 13 points (39-26) with 17-plus minutes remaining in the second half, Southern Virginia (9-7) went on a 12-2 run over Meredith (6-12) in the following seven minutes, capped by an Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) layup to pull within three.
The Avenging Angels held onto the lead the remainder of the second stanza with a 54-51 lead before the Knights' Kuroki was sent to the free throw line after being fouled shooting a three-pointer with two second left on the clock. Kuroki—who registered nine points, four assists and three steals—drained all three attempts from the charity stripe to send the game into overtime.
Southern Virginia was the first team to strike in overtime as sophomore guard Katie Swenson (Payson, Utah) drained a three at the 4:33 mark followed by three lead changes.
The Knights pushed their lead to 63-61 when freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.)—who scored a season-high 20 points along with 11 rebounds—netted one from the free throw line with eight seconds on the clock; however, Meredith's Holmes' three ended the attempted Southern Virginia comeback.
Senior forward Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) ended the night with her third double-double in the last four games recording 17 points and 12 boards, while Swenson added 11 points in the loss.
Avenging Angels' Holmes scored 18 points, including going 6-for-16 from beyond the arc. Fellow-teammate McKenzi Edwards finished with a game-high 25 points.
Southern Virginia and Meredith shot 37-percent and 38.7-percent from the field respectively. The Knights went 3-for-5 from three-point range and netted 20-of-27 from the charity stripe.
Women's basketball returns to the friendly confines of Knight Sports Arena on Feb. 2, in search of its third victory over Bennett College this season—the Knights defeated Bennett 74-27 on Nov. 16, 2012, and 68-47 on Jan. 9, 2013, so far.
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