By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Competing in its final home game of the 2013-14 season, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team took an 88-41 loss to Mary Washington Wednesday night at Knight Sports Arena in Buena Vista, Va.
The game marked the final home event for 15-year head coach Michael Harmon, who announced he will retire from coaching following Saturday's game at York College (Pa.) to close the regular season.
The Knights (3-21) struggled to score in the opening half as they shot 10 percent (2-20) through the initial 20 minutes. Their shot selection and percentage improved in the second half to 36 percent (10-28), but the effort was too late as the Eagles took a 45-13 lead into halftime and never looked back.
Southern Virginia was also forced into 20 turnovers that Mary Washington managed to convert into 28 second-chance points. The Eagles also earned 18 offensive boards throughout, resulting in 27 points from the bench, and dominated in the paint for 28 points to the Knights' 12.
Freshman guard Tatiana Monsen led the Knights with nine points and was followed closely by teammates Mckell Lajeunesse, Crystal Cleveland and Paige Crittendon, who each registered seven points. Freshman Morgan Hartvigsen poured in five points to the Knights' total.
Sam Partonen led the Eagles with 18 points while Aby Diop contributed 11 points on 4-8 shooting.
The Knights hit the road for a final time this season on Saturday when they travel to York, Pa., for the final CAC contest of the year. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in York (Pa.)