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SU roundup: Hornets rout Mary Baldwin

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The Shenandoah University women's basketball team earned its third straight win Saturday afternoon with a 76-41 non-league victory over former USA South Conference foe Mary Baldwin.

The Hornets (4-6) scored just three seconds into the game and never looked back against the short-handed Squirrels (0-7).

Mary Baldwin dressed just six women for the game and saw its five starters all play at least 33 minutes.

Shenandoah had all 11 of its healthy players appear in both halves of the contest with 10 of the 11 playing at least 12 minutes and all 11 scoring at least one point.

The Hornets, who led 30-21 at halftime, scored the first 10 points of the second and 13 of the initial 15 points of the stanza to clinch the contest.

Freshman Imani Heggins, who was one of three SU players in double figures with 11 points, scored the first eight points of the second in a span of 2:58.

The lead remained at least 16 points for the remainder of the game and reached 36 points with 2:25 remaining.

Shenandoah also owned a 56-24 advantage on the glass, which helped the hosts to a 30-18 bulge in paint scoring and a led to SU scoring all 26 of the game's second-chance points.

Junior Sarah D'Amico led the victors with 12 points with Heggins and Holly Chittenden adding 11.

Junior Crystal Petrus had a game and career-high 10 rebounds. Petrus' 10 boards doubles her previous career-best.

Shamanda Washington had 21 points for MBC.

SU plays its final game of 2012 on Monday evening with a 7 p.m. home non-league contest against St. Mary's of Maryland.

Men's basketball
Host Gettysburg College used a big run midway through the second half to fuel a 66-52 non-conference men's basketball victory over Shenandoah Saturday evening.

The Bullets (3-6) sealed the victory by turning a two-point lead into a 12-point advantage on the strength of a 12-2 run from the 10:47 to 6:40 marks of the second.

Sophomore Xavier Alston finally stopped the bleeding for SU (3-7) with a 3-pointer at the 5:47 mark, but the Hornets would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Shenandoah made its final run with a Shaquille Rodney layup with 3:47 remaining to make 58-49 in favor of the hosts, but GC forced the Hornets to miss a pair of layups while hitting two free throws and a jumper of its own to extend the lead back to 13 points by the 2:03 mark.

SU rode a strong performance from outside the arc in the opening stanza to trail by just three, 28-25, at the break.

The Hornets, who had just eight first-half field goals, drained five of them from behind the line to keep themselves in it.

Freshman Sharif Almulla and sophomore Eli McEathron both were 2 for 2 on 3-pointers with junior Bryce Mitchell contributing the final 3-ball.

Almulla led SU with 13 points with Bryce Mitchell adding nine and Jared Carithers seven.

Christian Bors had a career-highs in points, 24, and rebounds, 13, for the victors.

Gettysburg owned a 40-24 advantage on the glass.

Shenandoah completes the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule on Monday with a 6 p.m. non-league game at Dickinson.

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