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The Shenandoah University women's basketball team made its first-ever Alumni Appreciation Day a successful one Saturday afternoon as it downed Washington and Lee 52-43 in ODAC action.
Shenandoah (8-9, 4-4 ODAC), playing before a group of 20 women who played in the program from the mid-1980s through last season, led virtually throughout the contest against the Generals (6-8, 3-5).
The two teams traded the initial eight points of the contest, but following a pair of Holly Chittenden free throws at the 14:43 mark of the first, SU held the lead.
Chittenden's two free throws started a 9-0 run for the Hornets that gave the squad a 13-4 advantage by the 11:40 mark.
Following this run, Shenandoah would not see its lead shrink below four points for the remainder of the contest.
Coach C.K. Calhoun's club took a 26-17 lead into the halftime locker room and then basically iced the contest by starting the second half on a 5-2 run.
The lead stretched to 13 following a Sara D'Amico jumper in the lane with 7:56 to play and remained at least seven for the duration.
D'Amico led the victors with 13 points with Nicole Gilbertson adding 10 points and eight rebounds.
Chittenden, one of the league's top rebounders, had a game-high 11 boards.
Shenandoah held a slight, 37-36, advantage on the glass.
Rachel Warrick paced W&L with 16 points while Katy Wilson had 10 points and nine rebounds.
SU is back in action on Tuesday at Virginia Wesleyan in another ODAC contest.
WINCHESTER, Va. - Visiting Lynchburg College used a dominating performance on the boards to key a 70-51 ODAC men's basketball victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.
Lynchburg (14-3, 5-3 ODAC) owned the glass, pulling down 54 of 89 missed shots, to win for the second time in eight lifetime meetings with SU (3-14, 0-8).
The LC Hornets outscored SU 38-16 in the paint and had a 23-6 advantage in second chance points.
The two teams traded the lead three times in the first 4:23 of the game before Alex Graves gave the visitors the lead for good on a layup at the 15:37 mark.
This bucket started a 20-7 run for LC and put the visitors in control for the remainder of the contest.
SU, on the strength of two fastbreak layups and a Jared Carithers 3-pointer, was able to cut the deficit to five points, 26-21, with 1:22 remaining in the first, but would get no closer.
After an SU Hornets run to start the second half make it 36-30 following a Sharif Almulla 3-pointer at 15:16, Lynchburg sealed the victory with a 10-0 spurt of the next 3:26.
LC led by at least 13 points the rest of the way.
Carithers and Almulla both had 16 points with Almulla also pulling down six rebounds.
Austin Chillemi had game-highs in points, 17, and rebounds, 13, for the victors.
Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday at 7:00 at national power Virginia Wesleyan.