By Laura Workman
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Junior Crystal Cleveland's second double-double of the season led the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team to a 76-64 victory over St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) Saturday afternoon at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
The squads battled for a lead at the start of the opening half, but two Cleveland free throws helped the Knights take the lead, pick up momentum and earn its second win of the season.
The Knights shot 30-68 (44.1 percent) from the field while the Bears shot 26-61 (42.6 percent) from the field. The Knights capitalized on St. Joseph's turnovers as they totaled 31 points off turnovers.
Cleveland tallied a season-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Marissa Belliston matched Cleveland's 18 points, as she went 5-9 from the field and 2-4 on three pointers, 2-6 from the stripe and had six steals.
Melynda Boren contributed 11 points and a team-high seven steals and Ann Kuroki raked in seven boards, four steals and two points. Morgan Hartvigsen had two treys on the afternoon. Tavane Afatasi went 3-4 from the field and 1-2 from the stripe for seven points. Jamilla Gambee, Valerie Arkansas and Natalie Workman pitched in two points apiece.
Senior Samantha Retas led the Bears all around as she poured in 19 points as she went 5-13 from the field and 2-5 from the arc in addition to 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jamilynn McGowan went 7-12 from the field and 1-4 from the stripe for 15 points. Samantha Simon and Destiny Marino contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Knights head to Newport News, Virginia to face Capital Athletic Conference foe Christopher Newport University on Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at CNU's Freeman Center.