By Daniel Whitehead
HARRISONBURG, Va.—Successfully rallying to knot the game at 68 points in regulation, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell to Chatham College in overtime by a 79-70 score on a neutral court hosted by Eastern Mennonite University Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va.
Tied at 68 at the beginning of overtime, Chatham scored 11 points in the extra period while the Knights could only register two additional points.
Sophomore Shannon Romito led the charge for the Knights in the second half by scoring 14 points in 16 minutes on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting and also provided six rebounds for the team. The Walker, La., native totaled 19 points in the game by only missing two shots on 9-for-11 shooting from the field. She finished with 11 rebounds on the day.
Center Crystal Cleveland totaled 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting and achieved a team-high 18 rebounds, also contributing three assists, one block and one steal in 35 minutes played.
Freshman point guard Tatiana Monsen went 5-for-15 from the field and converted two three-pointers and two free throws for a total of 14 points during the game. An Orem, Utah, native, Monsen also earned seven rebounds and three assists in addition to one steal.
Combined, the Knights shot 40 percent from the field (27-for-68) and 37.5 percent from three-point range. Plagued by missed free throws Friday night versus Apprentice, Southern Virginia once again struggled from the line against Chatham, going 13-for-27 for the field.
Chatham was led by Rachel McClain, who scored 27 points on 8-of-18 shooting and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. She also had two three-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and five steals. Jessica Manfredi tallied 14 points for Chatham for second-best on the team.
The Knights next compete at the Great Ships Classic hosted by The Apprentice School next weekend in Newport News, Va. Southern Virginia will face Bennett on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. before going up against Penn State-Fayette the Saturday after at 1 p.m.