February 14, 2013

Knights Complete Perfect Home Record with Comeback Win Over Shock on Senior Night

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Behind a game-high 28 points from senior Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.), including a game-winning layup with 20 seconds remaining, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team finished undefeated at home on Thursday's Senior Night with a nail-biting 63-60 win over Washington Adventist University.

"It was a very emotional evening recognizing Abigail [Logan], Amaris [Newkirk] and Tabitha [Stinnett] for their contributions as seniors to our program during pregame," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Then, to top that off with an exciting win, made the night memorable."

In their final home contest as Knights, seniors A. Logan, captain Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) and Tabitha Stinnett (Buena Vista, Va.) were honored in front of the fans at Knight Sports Arena prior to the start of the game.

Climbing back from a deficit of as many as 14 points, Southern Virginia (13-7) earned its first lead of the contest over Washington Adventist (5-18) when A. Logan—who went 12-for-23 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc—knocked down a clutch three-pointer at the 1:41 mark in the second half for the 58-57 advantage on route to the three-point win.

The Shock scorched the nets in the first half hitting 15-for-33 (45.5%) from the field, including 9-for-16 from three-point range for the 39-34 halftime lead.

In the second stanza, the Knights clawed their way back thanks to going 13-for-21 from the charity stripe and winning the overall rebound battle 59-44, despite shooting 20-percent (7-for-35) from the field in the win.

Newkirk and freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) each recorded a double-double scoring 13 and 14 points apiece along with 17 and 19 boards respectively. Junior guard Ann Kurokilast week's USCAA Player of the Week—added six points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Washington Adventist was led by guard Briana McClain who scored a team-high 17 points highlighted by knocking down 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc through the first 20 minutes of the contest.

Southern Virginia finished the night 29.9-percent from the floor compared to the Shock's 34.3-percent.

On a side note, lead official Ray Bullock, Sr., served as a referee in his final game after a 29-year career.

Women's basketball heads on the road for its final regular season competition facing Virginia University of Lynchburg on Feb. 15.