By Wesley Evans
Southern Virginia University (3-15) at No. 18 Christopher Newport University (16-2, 9-1 CAC)
The two teams last met on December 4 of last year in Buena Vista, Va., with Christopher Newport picking up a 92-58 victory. In that game, the Captains jumped out to a quick 14-5 lead and never looked back. Christopher Newport brought a strong defensive effort, forcing the Knights into 31 turnovers and getting 41 points off those turnovers. Freshman guard Morgan Hartvigsen led all Knight scorers in the game with 15 points while Nicole Mitchell of Christopher scored a game-high 25.
About the Knights
Southern Virginia enters this contest coming off a tough loss to The Apprentice School, a 64-52 defeat in which the Knights outscored the Shipbuilders in the second half, but it was not enough to come back from their halftime deficit.
As a team this season, Southern Virginia is averaging 55.4 ppg while shooting 36.5 percent from the floor. The Knights are also averaging 40.6 rebounds per game and are holding opponents to 67.8 ppg.
At 10.5 ppg, freshman guard Tatiana Monsen leads Southern Virginia in scoring while contributing team bests of 2.6 assists per game and 2.2 steals per game. Crystal Cleveland and Shannon Romito are continuing to clean up the rebounds, averaging 9.7 and 7.2 rebounds, respectively.
About the Captains
Christopher Newport comes into this game as the 18th-ranked team in the country and is currently riding a 10-game winning streak. The Captains' last loss came almost two months ago, a 75-63 defeat against undefeated York College.
As a team, Christopher Newport is averaging 79.0 ppg while shooting 43.0 percent from the field. The Captains are posting a strong defensive effort this season, as they are holding opponents to just 61.0 ppg while forcing teams into 25.2 turnovers per contest.
The Captains' scoring attack is led by three players averaging double figures – Nicole Mitchell (17.4 ppg), Tia Perry (17.0 ppg), and Camry Green (10.0 ppg). All three players are also grabbing team highs of 6.3, 7.8 and 6.0 rebounds per game, respectively.