January 11, 2014

Women’s Basketball Falls Victim to St. Mary’s

By Daniel Whitehead

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Despite increased scoring opportunities in the second half, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball fell to visiting St. Mary's College of Maryland, 60-45, Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.

On a cold afternoon shooting, the Knights (2-9) went 9-for-24 (37.5 percent) in the first half and 10-for-37 (27 percent) in the second half from the field, including a 1-for-10 mark from three-point range.

St. Mary's (Md.) (5-7) jumped to an 11-point lead at the half and maintained the advantage through the second half although the Knights scored only four fewer points than the Seahawks over the final 20 minutes.

Sophomore forward Shannon Romito paced the Knights with 11 points during the game, going 4-for-13 from the field and posting a 3-for-5 mark from the stripe. In addition to an assist and two steals, the Walker, La., native earned eight rebounds including three on the offensive end.

Fellow sophomore Melynda Boren came off the bench for Southern Virginia and scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed two boards to go with two assists and a steal.

Center Crystal Cleveland achieved eight points and tied Romito with a team-high eight rebounds, while freshman Tatiana Monsen and Shanteya Holder each had four points.

St. Mary's was led by Sophie Pruden, who had 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the game. Anna McClain scored 14 points with Matti Vagnoni adding 12 for the Seahawks.

The Knights resume conference play Wednesday night on the road when they take on Frostburg State. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Frostburg, Md.