Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 17 Christopher Newport

Women’s Basketball Falls to No. 17 Christopher Newport

By Daniel Whitehead

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Returning to the city of Newport News, Va., for the second time in a week, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team was defeated by host No. 17 Christopher Newport, 80-41, Monday night at the Freeman Center.

Although impressive at the free-throw line, hitting 27 of 33 attempts, the Knights (3-16) suffered a rough night from the field to finish at 22 percent for the game (7-for-32), including a 2-for-15 mark in the second half. Southern Virginia also struggled from three-point range and could not convert on eight attempts.

The Captains were dominant in the post, scoring 26 points in the paint to the Knights' six and forced 35 Knight turnovers into 41 points in transition. Newport also managed 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 29 second-chance points.

Southern Virginia forward Melynda Boren led the team with 11 points by converting seven of nine free throws in addition to seven rebounds.  Freshman guard Morgan Hartvigsen scored eight points on two baskets and 4-4 free throw attempts, while center Crystal Cleveland earned seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Christopher Newport was led by guard Jordan Miller, who scored 22 points on nine baskets, while Allison Rowe contributed 11. Forward Nicole Mitchell provided nine points for the Captains.

The Knights next head to Arlington, Va., to face Marymount University on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.