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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