By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Taking a quick step out of conference play, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team defeated visiting St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) in overtime, 67-61, Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
Tied at 56 going into overtime, the Knights (2-4) outscored the Lady Bears by an 11-5 ratio to pull out the victory. Southern Virginia shot 3-for-7 (42.9 percent) in the extra time to go along with 5-of-6 free throw conversions while St. Joseph's (3-3) struggled from the field by going 2-for-9 (22.2 percent).
Freshmen guards Tatiana Monsen and Morgan Hartvigsen led Southern Virginia with 15 points apiece, nearly half of the team's point total. Monsen went 4-for-17 from the field on the day, but shot 6-of-8 from the free-throw line and poured in one rebound, three assists and three steals to help the Knights. Hartvigsen came off the bench and shot 3-for-8 from the field, all three-pointers, and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the stripe for her 15 points.
Sophomore Melynda Boren scored seven points on 3-for-10 shooting and had seven boards in addition to one assist and a steal in the game. Forward Shannon Romito also had seven points, including going 5-for-6 from the stripe, to go with 12 rebounds and one assist.
St. Joseph's was led by Kelly McNamee's 18 points, while Megan Moran and Taylor Raccuglia scored respective point totals of 16 and 12. Samantha Retas contributed 11 points for the Lady Bears.
Southern Virginia gained the advantage with second-chance points, outscoring St. Joseph's 11-6 in the category, while scoring 28 bench points to the Lady Bears' four. The close game was represented by five ties and six lead changes throughout.
Capital Athletic Conference play continues for the Knights on Wednesday, Dec. 4, with a home game against Christopher Newport. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.