By Daniel Whitehead
FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—Hoping to bounce back from a Monday loss at Salisbury, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team was defeated on the road by host University of Mary Washington, 73-38, Thursday night at the Anderson Center in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Knights (2-13) had a rough shooting night on the floor as they went18-for-48 (37.5 percent) and 1-for-8 from three-point range in the loss. The Eagles (11-5) shot just 44 percent from the field but earned 20 offensive rebounds during the game that led to 23 second-chance points.
Southern Virginia also committed 24 turnovers, which Mary Washington was able to convert into 26 points in transition. Without the services of sophomore center Crystal Cleveland, the Knights were outrebounded, 45-27, and the Eagles took advantage in the post, outscoring Southern Virginia by a 30-10 margin in the paint.
Sophomore forward Melynda Boren guided the Knights' efforts with eight points and grabbing five rebounds and an assist. Four Knights tallied six points apiece, including freshmen Tatiana Monsen, Morgan Hartvigsen, Paige Crittendon and McKell Lajeunesse.
Forward Shannon Romito scored four points to go with a team-high nine rebounds on the night as well as two assists and a steal for the Knights.
The Eagles were led by forward Aubrey Howland, who scored 12 points and Caitlin Ciniero who poured in 10 as both went 5-for-9 from the field. Claire Haeuptle also contributed nine points for Mary Washington.
The Knights resume league play Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena with a 1 p.m. tilt with Wesley College.