By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Leading for most of the game, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 62-60 loss to visiting Penn State Harrisburg Wednesday night at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
The Knights (2-8) and Nittany Lions (5-7) were locked at 58 with three minutes remaining in the game, but a three-pointer by Harrisburg's Rachel Moyer with 1:28 remaining pulled the Nittany Lions ahead with a lead the Knights could not overcome in the final moments.
Freshman guard Tatiana Monsen led the Knights with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line to assist the Southern Virginia attack. The Orem, Utah, native also had a rebound, an assist and two steals.
Center Crystal Cleveland earned her first double-double of the year with 12 points on the night in addition to 12 rebounds, including four offensive boards. On the defensive side, the native of Delran, N.J. had a block and two steals. Freshman guard Morgan Hartvigsen also contributed 12 points in the loss as she earned team highs in assists (5) and steals (4).
Penn State Harrisburg was led by Kaitlyn Carmo who came off the bench to score 16 points with five buckets on the night, including three treys. Jasmine Yanich and Moyer earned respective point totals of 14 and 12 to lead the Nittany Lions to victory. Harrisburg earned nine three-pointers during the game while the Knights converted 3-of-18 attempts.
The Knights resume conference play Saturday afternoon at home when they play host to St. Mary's (Md.). Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.