By Laura Tome
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Seeking its first league victory as a new member of the Capital Athletic Conference, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team accomplished the feat with a close 54-51 win over Wesley College Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
The Knights (3-13) were neck-in-neck with the Wolverines (4-12, 1-8) throughout the game but went on an 11-point run with six minutes left in the game to pull away for the victory.
Southern Virginia freshman Jalane Findlay contributed two crucial points for the Knights to end the game. With the Knights ahead 52-51, the Katy, Texas, native was fouled and converted both free throws to seal the victory.
The Knights struggled to gain a solid lead on the Wolverines and lost the advantage to end the first half with a score of 22-24. The Knights came out strong in the second half, re-took the lead and denied the Wolverines points during the first three and a half minutes of play.
Freshman guard Paige Crittendon led the Knights with eight points during the half. She totaled ten points, five rebounds, five assists and one steal on the afternoon.
Freshman Tatiana Monsen, who leads the team with an average of 10.5 ppg, had one point the entire first half. The Orem, Utah, native came out strong in the second half and shot 75 percent on field goals and 50 percent from the line, earning nine points in the second half.
Guard Morgan Hartvigsen was consistent from the field during both halves. She poured in 12 points and went 3-4 from the stripe to go with five rebounds of her own.
Junior guard Roniece Williams led the Wolverines on offense as she totaled 14 points. Defensively, Williams had three steals and six rebounds, while sophomore forward Tiara White led the team on the glass with 11 rebounds.
The Knights hit the road again to face The Apprentice School on Monday night for a rubber match as the two schools opened the season together on Nov. 15, 2013, in Buena Vista, Va. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Newport News, Va.