February 5, 2014

Women’s Basketball Drops Close Contest at Marymount

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.