By Daniel Whitehead
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–Taking a quick step out of conference play, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team dropped a road contest to The Apprentice School, 64-52, Monday night in Newport News, Va.
Despite outscoring the Lady Builders in the second half by a 28-23 margin, the Knights (3-14) were limited in the opening half in opportunities to score baskets as Apprentice earned 36 shot attempts to the Knights' 20. Southern Virginia went 8-for-20 in the first half while the Builders shot 47 percent at 17-for-36 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Apprentice School (14-4) was dominant in the post, outscoring the Knights 30-22 in the paint and achieving 16 second-chance points off 22 offensive rebounds. The Builders also took advantage with a deep bench, logging 47 points from reserves to the Knights' 14.
Southern Virginia was led by freshman guard Tatiana Monsen's 10 points on the night as she scored two buckets and went 6-for-8 from the stripe. The Orem, Utah, native also registered four rebounds, five assists, a block and two steals.
Freshmen Paige Crittendon and Morgan Hartvigsen each scored eight points for the Knights while sophomore center Crystal Cleveland scored seven in addition to a team-high 12 boards during the game. Freshman Mckell Lajeunesse contributed six points off the bench.
Three Lady Builders, Courtney Collins, Shanae Hilliard and Danita Whitaker, scored 14 points apiece to score the majority of Apprentice's point total. Kenya Wilkerson poured in six points to the Builders' total.
The Knights resume Capital Athletic Conference play Wednesday night as they make a return trip to Newport News to face Christopher Newport. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.