By Daniel Whitehead
ARLINGTON, Va.—Facing Marymount (Va.) University for the second time this season, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell to the Saints in a low-scoring affair, 54-45, Wednesday night at Verizon Sports Arena in Arlington, Va.
When the schools met for the first time last November, the Knights lost to the Saints in a high-scoring 84-70 matchup. Southern Virginia finished the game with a better shot percentage than Marymount, 37 percent to the Saints' 33 percent, but the Saints earned more scoring opportunities as they shot the ball 58 times (19-58) to the Knights' 40 attempts (15-40).
Southern Virginia outscored the Saints in the second half by a 24-17 margin, but could not overcome a 37-21 deficit going into the half as Marymount shot 41 percent (14-34) to the Knights' 28 percent (5-18) in the opening 20 minutes.
Sophomore center Crystal Cleveland nearly earned her second double-double of the season by scoring nine points and grabbing 11 rebounds, including four offensive boards. Freshman Shanteya Holder earned a season-high eight points on 3-4 shooting from the field, while forward Shannon Romito scored seven points for the Knights.
Marymount earned 24 offensive rebounds on the night to Southern Virginia's 13, leading to 23 second-chance points while the Knights scored 14. The Saints were led by guard Kievanna Lacey, who scored 11 points on 5-7 shooting. Guard Katelyn Fischer contributed 10 points for the Saints.
The Knights next head to Harrisburg, Pa., to face Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State Harrisburg Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.