Women’s Basketball Wins Second Straight over Mid-Atlantic Christian

Women’s Basketball Wins Second Straight over Mid-Atlantic Christian

By Laura Workman

BUENA VISTA, Va.— The Southern Virginia University women's basketball team picked up its second straight victory with a 90-47 win over Mid-Atlantic Christian Monday evening at Knight Sports Arena.

The victory also marks the second Southern Virginia victory over the Mustangs this season. The Knight defense was able to hold the Mustangs to three points while they attacked offensively for a 22-3 lead eight minutes into the first half.

"It was a good effort by the whole team and great to have most of the girls get some time on the floor," said Southern Virginia head coach Heather Roberts. "We played with focus and great energy, which is what we've stressed all year. It's exciting to get our first win streak of the season and we hope to make it three in a row on Wednesday night."

The Knights did not let up on defense as they caused 25 turnovers for 30 points throughout the game. By the half, Crystal Cleveland and Ann Kuroki led the Knights with a combined 20 points and a 51-24 advantage.

In the second half, the Knights owned the court and picked up the pace offensively for a high-scoring victory.

The Knight offense caught fire as six Southern Virginia players reached double figures, including Melynda Boren and Cleveland nearly earning double doubles. Jamilla Gambee led the Knights with 18 points,  while sophomore Morgan Hartvigsen poured in three treys and two jump shots for 13 points.

Cleveland and Kuroki added 12 points each while Boren and Tavane Afatasi contributed 11 points apiece. Katie Durrant, Megan Barfuss and Marissa Belliston combined for 13 points on the night.

Lacresha Young and Whitney Rowe led the Mustangs with 13 points each. Diamond Bell led the squad defensively with nine boards and one steal.

The Knights resume conference action Wednesday as they head to Frostburg, Maryland to take on Frostburg State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.