Written by Sean Dahlin
UNIONTOWN, Pa.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell to No. 3-seeded Lindenwood University-Belleville 87-52 in the opening round of the 2013 USCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament on Wednesday, despite outrebounding the Lynx 44-34 for the game.
"Our team fell behind early to a solid team in Lindenwood and couldn't catch up after that," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "We'll tighten things up on defense and get ready for our game tomorrow."
Lindenwood-Belleville (19-12) opened the game on a 20-5 run over the first seven-plus minutes of Wednesday's contest and entered intermission with a 49-22 lead over Southern Virginia (14-9) after shooting a scorching 62.5-percent from the field in the first half.
Southern Virginia cut into Lindenwood's lead by outscoring its opponent 12-7 in the first 6:40 following halftime; however, the Lynx responded by outscoring the Knights 31-18 over the final 13:20 of the game on route to the 35-point victory.
Second Team All-American senior Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) finished with another strong performance registering a team-high 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for her eighth double-double of the season.
Junior guard Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.) and senior forward Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.)—USCAA All-American Honorable Mention and All-Academic selections this year—each contributed 12 points, while grabbing seven and five boards respectively for the Knights.
Freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) added a game-high 17 rebounds and eight points in the loss.
Lindenwood was led guards Bernie Brown and Taylor James, who scored 19 points apiece in the win.
Southern Virginia outrebounded Lindenwood-Belleville 44-34, but the Lynx held the shooting advantage hitting 50.7-percent of their attempts in comparison to the Knights' 34.4-percent.
Women's basketball will face No. 7-seed Robert Morris University-Springfield tomorrow, Feb. 28, at 9:15 a.m. in the Maltho Gym as part of the consolation bracket.