Women’s Basketball Falls to Penn State Fayette to Close Tourney

By Daniel Whitehead

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—After achieving its first win of the season last night, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped its second game of the Great Ships Classic to Penn State Fayette by a 72-60 score Saturday afternoon in Newport News, Va.

Down 36-27 at the half, the Knights put together a strong effort in the second half to make a recovery but the balanced attack of the Roaring Lions proved insurmountable as PS Fayette earned the victory.

In a close game, Southern Virginia shot 41 percent (23-of-56) from the field to the Roaring Lions' 45 percent (31-of-69) that was the slight difference in the outcome. The Knights also committed 26 turnovers to Penn State Fayette's 14 to result in more scoring opportunities for the Roaring Lions.

Southern Virginia's Shannon Romito led the team with 14 points by going 5-for-12 from the field shooting and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards. The Walker, La., native also contributed three assists and a steal in the loss.

Center Crystal Cleveland poured in 11 points and five rebounds in addition to one assist on the afternoon. Sophomore forward Melynda Boren earned a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on top of contributing an assist and a steal during the game.

Freshman guard Tatiana Monsen shot a three and went 3-for-3 from the stripe en route to 10 points while earning four rebounds and a steal.

Penn State Fayette's Jill Guthrie paced her team with 22 points by going 10-for-15 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds to help the Roaring Lions attain the victory.  Kaitlin Miller and Tara Neely achieved 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Southern Virginia has a quick turnaround as it opens play in the Capital Athletic Conference on Monday night with a home game versus Marymount. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.