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Posted November 25, 2012 | Leave a comment
SU roundup: Hornets fall in women's basketball
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No. 9/10 Lebanon Valley used a strong start to its second half Sunday afternoon on its way to a 75-45 non-conference women's basketball victory over Shenandoah University.
LVC (4-0) led 36-24 at the break before ending any thoughts of an SU comeback with a 20-4 run coming out of the halftime lockerroom.
The Hornets (1-4), who shot 28 percent (8 for 29) in the first half, missed eight shots during this opening run while turning it over seven times.
Junior Sara D'Amico, who paced SU with 17 points, finally snapped this run with a pair of free throws at 10:54.
The LVC lead remained at least 26 points for the remainder of the contest.
Lebanon Valley played 15 women in the contest with 11 of these women scoring at least one point and four of the five starters posting double-digit scoring.
LVC had a 44-29 advantage on the glass, including 32-12 on the Hornets offensive end. This led to a 42-12 advantage in scoring in the paint and a 19-5 bulge in second half scoring.
Tierney Hiltz had 15 points for the victors.
In addition to D'Amico's 17, Crystal Petrus had nine for SU.
Shenandoah opens up ODAC play on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. home game against Virginia Wesleyan.
The Generals (3-1, 1-0 ODAC) had a 19-rebound edge (47-28) over SU to prevent the Hornets (2-3, 0-1) from winning in their first-ever ODAC game.
W&L used that rebounding edge, and the height advantage that keyed the rebounding edge, to outscore Shenandoah 42-26 in the paint and record 14 of the game's 21 second-chance points.
Washington & Lee was also 20 of 28 from the line to the Hornets 3 of 6.
The two teams traded the lead eight times and were tied on seven other occasions during the contest; the Generals took the lead for with 7:07 to play as J.D. Ey canned a jumper in the paint.
Ey's turnaround jumper, one of a game-high 10 buckets he had on the day, started an 8-2 run for W&L that gave the visitors a 60-54 lead with 3:57 remaining.
Shenandoah was able to cut the deficit to three, 66-63, on a Jared Carithers fastbreak layup with five seconds remaining, but Kevin Gill hit both free throws for Washington & Lee with three seconds left to provide the final margin of victory.
SU shot 38.5 percent (25 of 65) for the game and was 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) from behind the arc.
Freshman Sharif Almulla had 15 points and Bryce Mitchell 10 for the hosts.
Ey led all players with 22 points and 12 boards.
Shenandoah is back in action on Monday night at 7 p.m. in a non-league home contest against Frostburg State.
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