February 1, 2014

Women's Basketball Defeated by Salisbury University

By Laura Tome

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Although the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team hung tough with visiting Salisbury University for the opening 10 minutes of the game, the Seagulls used a big rally to pull ahead by 25 points by the half for an eventual 79-37 victory over the Knights Saturday afternoon at Knight Sports Arena.

The Knights (3-15) had 21 turnovers during the game that Salisbury (12-7) converted into 27 points in transition and the Seagulls also earned18 offensive rebounds for 27 second-chance points. The Salisbury bench came through by tallying 39 points to the Knights' seven.

Sophomore center Crystal Cleveland led the Knights on offense as she scored 11 points off five field goals and one free throw. Cleveland also had two blocks and five rebounds. Freshman guard Tatiana Monsen added eight points, two rebounds, two steals and one block.

Sophomores Shannon Romito and Melynda Boren each contributed seven points as well as four and seven rebounds, respectively. Freshman Paige Crittendon added four points.

Junior guard Anna Hackett led the Seagulls offensively with 17 points. Hackett was 6-of-9 on field goals and 5-for-5 from the stripe.  Freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld was 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line and tallied a season-best 14 points.

The Knights head to Newport News, Va., to face Christopher Newport University on Monday to make up the game originally scheduled for Jan. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.