Knights Stay Unbeaten at Home, Defeat Bennett for Third Time

Knights Stay Unbeaten at Home, Defeat Bennett for Third Time

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Six different members of the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team scored on Saturday, defeating USCAA-opponent Bennett College 62-20 for the third time this season—the Knights earned wins over Bennett on Nov. 16 (74-27) and on Jan. 9 (68-47)to remain unbeaten at home.

"We had a great defensive performance today for all 40 minutes," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Our offense got off to a slow start, but then attacked the basket more in the second half for easier looks."

Southern Virginia (10-7) jumped ahead early 13-2 in the first six-plus minutes of the game over Bennett (3-13) and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.

The Knights finished with a 26-14 halftime lead after senior forward Abigail Logan, who netted 10 points and grabbed six rebounds on the afternoon, connected on a pass to junior guard Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.)—who registered 10 points, eight rebounds and a game-high six assists—that ended with a fastbreak lay-in just before intermission.

The second half proved to go Southern Virginia's way as well with the Knights extending their lead by way of shooting 42.4-percent from the field while holding Bennett to six points in the final 20 minutes, including shooting 1-for-25 as a team.

Senior forward Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.)—named USCAA Player of the Week last week—and freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) led Southern Virginia, both earning a double-double scoring 20 and 15 points respectively while also grabbing 17 and 16 boards in the win.

The Knights got a spark from the bench as senior forward Tabitha Stinnett (Buena Vista, Va.) recorded a season-high five points, six rebounds and two steals.

Bennett was led by guard Quanisha Brown, who recorded eight points and six rebounds.

Southern Virginia held a 65-30 rebounding advantage over Bennett. The Knights went 11-for-14 from the charity stripe compared to 6-for-12 by the visitors.

After a few days' rest, women's basketball heads back on the road to Newport News, Va., in search of its second win this season over USCAA-rival The Apprentice School on Feb. 5—the Knights defeated the Shipbuilders 52-49 on Jan. 8.

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