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SU roundup: Hornets heat up in Frostburg

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Shenandoah University snapped its four-game women's basketball losing streak Tuesday evening with a 59-48 non-conference victory at Frostburg State.

The Hornets (2-6) earned the win on the strength of a 17-3 run to finish the first half over FSU (2-4).

Trailing 19-14 following a pair of Bobcats free throws with 7:55 remaining in the first, SU reeled off a 9-1 run over the next four minutes to take a 23-20 lead.

Shenandoah continued to keep up the pressure in the final 3:55, scoring eight of the final 10 points of the stanza, to take a 31-22 lead into the locker room.

Freshman Sarah Dixon, making just her second career start, led all players with 12 first-half points.

The lead reached a maximum of 11 points early in the second before an 8-2 Frostburg run from the 9:55 to 5:57 marks brought the hosts to within four points.

The Hornets then clinched the contest by scoring the game's next final nine points, the last five on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from junior Sara D'Amico.

FSU was held without a point until Elaina Hummel hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining.

Hummel's '3' was the final points of the contest.

Dixon had a season-high 17 along with eight rebounds, while D'Amico added 14 points.

SU shot 37 percent from the field.

Shenandoah returns to Old Dominion Athletic Conference play with a 2 p.m., Saturday home contest against Randolph College.

Football

Shenandoah senior Nick Erdman has been named Capital One Academic All-America in selections announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Erdman, a first-team honoree who is in his first year as doctoral candidate in the SU Physical Therapy School, is the 13th student-athlete in school history to be named Academic All-America.

Twelve of the 13 student-athletes who have been named Academic All-America have earned the honor in the past six years. This is the second-highest total in the ODAC behind Washington and Lee University.

The Richmond native is the eighth SU student-athlete to earn first team honors and the first football player to be named first team Academic All-America.

Erdman graduated in three years of undergraduate work with a 3.74 GPA on a 4.0 scale as a pre-Physical Therapy major with minors in Biology, Kinesiology and Psychology.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Erdman, who started all 40 games of his career, finished this season with 20 solo and 30 assisted tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

The three-time All-league honoree (2010 and 2011 All-USA South, 2012 second team All-ODAC), Erdman had 67 solo and 61 assisted tackles along with a program record 40.0 tackles for loss in his career.


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