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SU roundup: Hornets pick up first ODAC women's hoops win

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The Shenandoah University women's basketball team earned its first-ever ODAC victory Saturday afternoon with a 51-41 home triumph over Randolph College.

The Hornets (3-6, 1-2 ODAC) held Randolph (2-4, 1-2) without a point for the first 6:03 of the contest and never looked back on their way to the first-ever conference victory.

Shenandoah held the 'Cats to 17 percent shooting (5 of 29) in the first half as it took a 28-15 lead into the break.

Junior Sarah D'Amico did most of the damage for SU in the opening stanza with 13 of her game-high 15 coming in the opening 20 minutes.

The lead reached 15 points on a pair of occasions and was 13 following a Crystal Petrus 3-pointer 5:03 into the second, but Randolph had an answer.

The WildCats clawed back into the contest thanks to a 7-0 run in just 1:33 of game time - SU led by just four, 41-37, with 4:30 remaining.

Sophomore Holly Chittenden, who was the only other player in double figures with 11 points, hit a spinning layup with 2:43 left and then combined with Corin Scott to drain 6 of 8 attempts from the line down the stretch to seal the victory.

Shenandoah is off until hosting former USA South Conference rival Mary Baldwin one week from today in a 2:00 non-league contest.

Men's basketball

Host Randolph College kept its perfect record intact Saturday with an 83-51 ODAC men's basketball victory over Shenandoah.

The WildCats (8-0, 3-0 ODAC) shot 53 percent from the field (31 of 59) and got a program-record 36 points from current ODAC Player of the Week Colton Hunt on their way to their fourth win in five lifetime meetings with SU (3-6, 0-3).

Randolph jumped out to a 50-18 halftime advantage as it held the Hornets to just five field goals in 28 attempts (18 percent) and 18 of 24 rebounds on the SU offensive end.

Shenandoah had six second-chance points in the opening 20 minutes, but was outscored 16-4 in the paint.

The 32-point halftime lead ballooned to 40 points by the 5:12 mark of the second. The Hornets then finished the game on a 16-8 run.

Hunt added 12 rebounds to give himself a double-double. He was joined in this feat by Mike Ehilegbu, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Shaquille Rodney had 14 points in 27 minutes for the Hornets.

Shenandoah is off until next Saturday when it travels to Gettysburg for a non-league contest.


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