Written by Sean Dahlin
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped its road contest on Wednesday night in a 51-32 loss at Capital Athletic Conference-opponent Marymount University.
"We played a hard-fought game against a tough opponent in Marymount [University]," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon. "Our team played well in the first half and continued to battle the rest of the way."
The first 20 minutes of regulation saw Southern Virginia (4-5) within striking distance, trailing 25-16 to Marymount (13-4) going into intermission. The Knights, however, were outscored 26-16 in the second half as the Saints stretched out the lead on route to a home victory.
After holding Marymount to 36-percent from the field—below its season average of 40.1%—in the first half, Southern Virginia struggled to keep the contest close on the road, committing 40 turnovers on route to a 19-point defeat.
Freshman center Crystal Cleveland (Delran, N.J.) led all Knights with a team-high nine points and seven rebounds followed by seniors Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) and Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) adding six points apiece while grabbing five and four rebounds respectively.
In starting her second game of the year, sophomore guard Katie Swenson (Payson, Utah) finished with a season-high five points and two steals.
Marymount guard Katelyn Fischer led all scorers in the contest with 18 points and seven assists.
Women's basketball will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 19, in its second straight road game as it faces Bennett College—the Knights defeated Bennett 74-27 in their season opener at the Great Ships Classic hosted by The Apprentice School.