Written by Sean Dahlin
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Three different members of the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team—Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.), Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) and Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.)—reached double figures on Tuesday night on route to a 52-38 win at The Apprentice School.
"Our team jumped ahead early and played solid defense to maintain that lead," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon, who earned his 190th career women's basketball victory. "Tonight was a good road win in a difficult place to play."
Apprentice (9-12) jumped out quickly leading 9-4 at the 14:08 mark in the first half. Southern Virginia (11-7) then rolled past the Shipbuilders in the following eight-plus minutes on a 22-3 run to close the half leading 26-12 highlighted by guard Kuroki—who finished with 14 points and a team-high five assists—knocking down a trey at the horn.
Throughout the second stanza, the Knights held their lead on the way to a 14-point victory, which snapped Apprentice's 22-game home winning streak. The Shipbuilders' last loss at home was exactly two years ago on Feb. 5, 2011, to Southern Virginia 65-58.
Knights forward A. Logan registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards while Newkirk added 15 points and six rebounds in the road victory. Last week's USCAA Player of the Week freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds on the night.
Apprentice was led by guard Shanae Hilliard who scored a game-high 18 points on 7-for-13 from the field.
Southern Virginia shot 44-percent (22-for-50) overall compared to the Shipbuilders' 25.4-percent (15-of-59).
Winning six of its last eight contests, women's basketball returns home to face USCAA-foe the Pennsylvania College of Technology on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
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