By Daniel Whitehead
FROSTBURG, Md.—Although the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team gave a complete second-half effort, a 38-19 deficit by halftime proved too large to overcome as host Frostburg State University defeated the Knights, 76-51, Wednesday night at Bobcat Arena in Frostburg, Md.
The Knights (2-10) matched the Bobcats (3-9) in points in the paint at 26 apiece, but Frostburg State earned 26 points off 30 Southern Virginia turnovers and earned 20 offensive rebounds to pick up 23 second-chance points during the game.
Freshman guard Morgan Hartvigsen tallied 12 points to lead the Knights as she went 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range in the loss. A native of Kaysville, Utah, Hartvigsen also had two boards and a steal in a team-high 30 minutes played.
Crystal Cleveland provided nine points in the post for the Knights by shooting 4-for-5 and nearly notched her second double-double of the year by grabbing 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. The Delran, N.J., native also had two assists and three blocks in the game.
Guard Tatiana Monsen contributed seven points for Southern Virginia by scoring three buckets and also posted four steals on the other end of the court.
Frostburg State was led by Elaina Hummel, who scored 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the Bobcats' win. Simone Wise contributed 15 points, while Courtney Young and Ronje James each had points.
The Knights resume conference play Saturday at home where they will face off with York College of Pennsylvania. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.