Women’s Basketball Drops CAC Opener to Marymount

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Playing in its first ever Capital Athletic Conference game, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell to visiting Marymount University by an 84-70 score Monday evening at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.

A closely contested match through the opening 15 minutes, the Saints (2-2) used a late rally in the final five minutes of the first half to pull away from the Knights (1-4) and build a 41-32 lead at the half that Southern Virginia could not overcome in the second half.

"That's the best we've played so far this year, so I'm encouraged that the girls are starting to rely on each other a little bit more and become more comfortable with what we're trying to do offensively and defensively," said Southern Virginia head coach Michael Harmon. "Marymount is a tough team. They have seniors and juniors that have been through some wars before. They know what to do and they did it. That's where we want to get."

Freshman guard Morgan Hartvigsen led the Knights with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and shot 80 percent from three-point range (4-for-5) on the way to her point total. The Kaysville, Utah, native also contributed three rebounds in 27 minutes of play coming off the bench.

Guard Tatiana Monsen scored three buckets, including a three-pointer, and shot 8-for-13 from the free-throw line to tally 15 points on the night. She also had three rebounds, four assists and three steals in the game. Freshman Paige Crittendon poured in 12 points on 3-for-7 shooting while sophomore forward Shannon Romito earned 11 points going 3-for-5 from the field and 5-for-7 on free throws.

The Saints shot 50 percent from the field (29-of-58) while the Knights went 38.5 percent (20-of-52). Marymount achieved a 78.9 percent shooting from the free-throw line (15-of-19) while Southern Virginia shot 61.5 percent from the stripe (24-of-39).

Marymount was led by guard Katelyn Fisher, who scored 19 points by going 4-for-8 on three-pointers and 7-for-8 from the stripe in addition to 10 assists and two steals. Aileen Maknati scored 17 points going 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-4 on three-pointers en route to her total.

Southern Virginia steps out of conference momentarily on Saturday with a matchup with St. Joseph's at 12 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena. League action continues Wednesday, Dec. 4, with a home game against Christopher Newport.