By Daniel Whitehead
HARRISBURG, Pa.—Completing the third of a three-game road swing, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team was defeated by host Penn State Harrisburg, 59-43, Saturday afternoon at the Capital Union Building in Harrisburg, Pa.
The Knights (3-18) fell behind early in the game as the Nittany Lions jumped to a 27-15 advantage by halftime by shooting 40 percent (12-30) to the Knights' 28 percent (4-14). Southern Virginia committed 18 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, leading to the increased scoring opportunities for Harrisburg.
Freshman guard Tatiana Monsen led Southern Virginia with 15 points on three baskets and a three-pointer and went 8-12 from the charity stripe en route to her tally. The Orem, Utah, native also earned four rebounds, an assist and five steals for the Knights.
Shanteya Holder and Mckell Lajeunesse scored six points apiece while center Crystal Cleveland and forward Shannon Romito each scored five points. Freshman Paige Crittendon had three points on the afternoon.
The Nittany Lions were led by Rebecca Bailey, who also scored 15 points on 6-13 shooting and gave the Knights trouble on the defensive end by logging five steals. Kaitlyn Carmo scored 12 points for the Lions while Kiara Carter earned 11.
Southern Virginia returns home for a matchup with league opponent Frostburg State on Wednesday night. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. at Knight Sports Arena.