December 4, 2013

Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 14 Christopher Newport

By Laura Tome

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Facing their second Capital Athletic Conference opponent this season, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell to No. 14 Christopher Newport University, 92-58, Wednesday evening at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.

Freshman shooting guard Morgan Hartvigsen led the Knights (2-5) with 15 points. The Kaysville, Utah, native went 1-for-2 from the field in the first half and came out in the second half scoring three treys and two free throws.

Southern Virginia freshman Tatiana Monsen and sophomore Shannon Romito were also 2-for-2 from the stripe as they scored 13 and 8 points, respectively. Monsen shot 6-of-13 from the field while Romito went 3-for-7.

Defensively, Knight sophomores Crystal Cleveland and Melynda Boren were aggressive on the boards. Cleveland led both teams in rebounds with eight defensive rebounds and 13 total, while Boren had seven rebounds. The duo combined for one block and one steal apiece.

The Knights shot 69 percent (9-of-13) from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Captains, but the Christopher Newport defense earned 15 steals and forced 31 Southern Virginia turnovers to assist in the win.

The Captains were successful in creating scoring opportunities as they had 100 field goal attempts to the Knights' 60. Nicole Mitchell led Christopher Newport with 25 points on 13-of-26 shooting. Senior Tia Perry had 19 points, while Brandi Holland had 14 for the Captains.

The Knights travel to CAC member Salisbury University for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday in Salisbury, Md. The matchup is the final game for the Knights heading into Christmas break.