By Daniel Whitehead
DOVER, Del.—Resuming the 2013-14 season with its first game of the new year, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team lost a hard-fought battle to host Wesley College, 52-40, Saturday afternoon in Dover, Del.
The Knights (2-6) trailed by two at the half by a 20-18 score, but the Wolverines (1-7) used a 32-22 scoring advantage in the second half to pull away and earn their first win of the season.
Coming off the bench, freshman shooting guard Morgan Hartvigsen scored 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting, including one three-pointer, for her second-best scoring output of the season. The Kaysville, Utah, native also converted 6-of-9 free throws and earned two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Center Crystal Cleveland and freshman point guard Tatiana Monsen each scored six points for the Knights, combining for 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 12 boards with Cleveland registering a team-high nine rebounds. Monsen tied a season-high five steals in the game.
Sophomore Shannon Romito and freshman Miranda Macfarlane each scored four points. Altogether, the Knights shot 37 percent (13-for-35) from the field, suffering most from three-point range by shooting 11 percent on one of nine attempts.
The Wolverines were led by forward Tiara White, who scored 19 points and logged 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards. Roniece Williams and Brionna Johnson scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Wesley to victory.
The Knights take a quick break from league action to face Hollins on the road Monday night at 7 p.m. in Roanoke, Va. Conference play resumes Wednesday night at home when Southern Virginia hosts Penn State Harrisburg at 5:30 p.m.