February 22, 2014

Women’s Basketball Closes Season with Loss at York (Pa.)

By Daniel Whitehead

YORK, Pa.—Looking to finish the season on a high note, the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team fell to No. 12 York College (Pa.), 75-39, Saturday afternoon at Charles Wolf Gymnasium in York, Pa.

The Knights (3-22) started the game cold, finishing the first half at 25 percent shooting (8-32) from the field while the Spartans (23-2) raced to a 42-25 advantage by halftime by way of 49 percent (17-35) shooting, including five treys.

York was also dominant in the paint throughout the game, outscoring the Knights by a 36-10 margin, and taking advantage of 19 Southern Virginia turnovers to convert them into 24 points in transition. The Spartans garnered 21 offensive boards that yielded 22 second-chance points.

Knight sophomore center Crystal Cleveland nearly earned her third double-double of the year by scoring nine points and grabbing 14 rebounds for the team. The Delran, N.J., native turned in a solid afternoon from the free-throw line by converting seven of 10 attempts.

Southern Virginia forward Melynda Boren also scored nine points on 4-14 shooting in addition to five boards. Freshman guard Morgan Hartvigsen poured in five points, while Tatiana Monsen, Mckell Lajeunesse and Shannon Romito each contributed four.

The Spartans were led by forward Brittany Hicks' 16 points on 7-14 shooting, while guard Jess Selby had 15 and Kelsey Murphy put in 10 for York.

The conclusion of the event marks the final game of the 2013-14 season for the Knights and final game under the leadership of head coach Michael Harmon, who has chosen to resign from his position following this season.