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FREDERICKSBURG -- The Shenandoah University women's basketball team gave No. 13/16 Mary Washington all they could handle Tuesday night in a non-league contest before falling 64-50 to the Eagles.
Shenandoah (1-3) found itself in a six-point ballgame with just 6:22 remaining only to see Mary Washington (3-0) score 11 of the game's final 14 points.
The Hornets trailed by as much as 11 midway through the first before an 11-4 run over a span of just 1:58 late in the first cut the SU deficit to just two, 31-29, with 2:20 remaining.
Unfortunately for the SU faithful, Mary Washington sandwiched an 11-2 run of its own over the halftime intermission to retake control of the contest.
Shenandoah kept the deficit in single digits for all but 72 seconds until the Eagles made that fateful run over the final 2:44.
Junior Sara D'Amico paced the Hornets with 13 points while classmate Crystal Petrus added 12 and sophomore Holly Chittenden 11.
Mary Washington dominated on the glass, grabbing 49 of 76 missed shots and holding a 17-3 advantage in second chance points.
The Eagles also scored 16 points off of 20 Hornets turnovers.
Aby Diop had a game-high 15 points for UMW.
SU is back in action on Sunday at nationally ranked Lebanon Valley.
N.C. Wesleyan 67, Shenandoah 59
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Former USA South Conference rival North Carolina Wesleyan opened up the 2012 South Region Challenge with a 67-59 men's basketball victory over Shenandoah on Tuesday evening.
The Bishops (2-0) got 43 points from forward Brandon Givens in the victory over SU (1-2).
Givens, who had 26 points in the first half, finished the game 14 of 22 from the field (2 of 2 from behind the 3-point arc) and 13 of 18 from the free-throw line to help down the Hornets.
Shenandoah, playing its first game against a former USA South opponent, was seeking its second straight win at N.C. Wesleyan. The Hornets had eliminated N.C. Wesleyan from the 2012 USA South Conference Tournament with a 72-68 victory in the quarterfinal round.
On Tuesday, the Bishops scored the initial six points of the contest and led by 13 points prior to the first media timeout, but SU had an answer.
A 6-0 Shenandoah run from the 7:17 to 5:22 marks of the first got the visitors back in it, and then the Hornets scored the final four points of the first and 10 of the first 12 points of the second to take a 42-41 lead at the 15:19 mark of the second.
That would prove to be the high-water mark of the contest for SU.
N.C. Wesleyan answered the run with a 7-0 spurt of its own and the Bishops never trailed again.
Shenandoah continued to battle, and cut the deficit to five points following an Xavier Alston layup with 54 seconds remaining, but could get no closer.
Junior Avery Green paced coach Rob Pryor's club with 22 points while Alston and Daron Bogier added eight each.
Alston had a team-high six boards.
SU completes the challenge with a 1 p.m., contest against Mary Washington on Wednesday afternoon.