By Daniel Whitehead
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Led by freshman guard Tatiana Monsen, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team earned its first win of the year with a 94-50 victory over Bennett College as part of the Great Ships Classic hosted by The Apprentice School Friday night in Newport News, Va.
Monsen, an Orem, Utah native, guided Southern Virginia (1-2) to the win by way of her 26 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field and by going 3-for-7 on three-pointers. She also made nine free throws, earned five rebounds, five assists and five steals in 27 minutes of play.
Coming off the bench, sophomore Shannon Romito once again had a strong showing for the Knights by pouring in 15 points on a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. The Walker, La., native achieved five rebounds on the night and had three assists and one steal to boost Southern Virginia to the win.
Freshman guard Paige Crittendon went 4-for-5 shooting en route to 11 points and also had two three-pointers to help the Knights. A native of Rexburg, Idaho, Crittendon achieved five rebounds, two assists and four steals in only 18 minutes on the court.
Sophomore Melynda Boren earned 10 points, while Morgan Hartvigsen and Shanteya Holder each contributed nine points for the Knight offense. Boren shot 5-of-6 from the field, while Hartvigsen scored three three-pointers and Holder achieved a team-high 11 rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Bennett was led by Quanisha Brown, who scored 17 points on 7-of-24 shooting and converted two three-pointers. She also had 10 rebounds, a block and a steal in the loss.
Southern Virginia continues play in the Great Ships Classic on Saturday with a game against Penn State-Fayette. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.