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SU roundup: Hornets win in women's basketball

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Shenandoah University celebrated its women's basketball Senior Day with a 59-49 ODAC victory over Hollins University Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (10-11, 6-6 ODAC) extended its home ODAC winning streak to four games with the triumph over HU (7-13, 3-9).

SU took total control of the contest by dominating the final 10 minutes of the first half.

With the score tied 10-10, Imani Heggins started a 15-2 SU run over the next 6:27 that gave the hosts the lead for good.

Jasmine Greene, the leading scorer in the ODAC coming into the contest, ended this spurt with a free throw at 3:30, but the Hornets weren't finished.

Shenandoah answered that Greene foul shot by scoring 11 straight points; only another Greene free throw, this one with 20 seconds remaining, prevented the Hornets from pitching a shutout over the final 3:13.

The two teams went cold to start the second, combining for just six points in the initial 7:18 of the stanza, before Hollins began to slowly chip away at its deficit.

Trailing by 20 points, 46-26, with 9:03 remaining, HU scored 21 of the game's next 30 points to cut it the gap to eight points with 1:05 left. Greene did most of this damage, scoring 15 of her game-high 27 during run. Eleven of her 15 points during the spurt came from the charity stripe.

SU then sealed it by hitting four of six from the line in the final 49 seconds.

Nicole Gilbertson, the squad's lone senior, led the victors with 14 points and a career-high-tying 14 rebounds.

Crystal Petrus added 10 for the Hornets.

All nine Hornets in uniform scored.

Shenandoah also owned a 49-37 advantage on the glass.

SU travels to Bridgewater on Wednesday for a 7:00 ODAC contest.

Men's basketball
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Host Guilford used a significant second half run to key a 66-55 ODAC men's basketball victory over Shenandoah University Saturday.

Guilford (16-5, 8-4 ODAC) turned a two-point, 30-28, advantage into a 40-30 lead with 12:53 to play on the strength of a 10-2 run.

Freshman Jimi Starks finally ended the drought for the Hornets (3-18, 0-12) with a jumper at 12:14, but GC would hold the lead for the remainder of the contest.

Shenandoah was able to cut the deficit to five points with 7:47 left before the Quakers reeled off seven straight points to seal the victory.

The two teams traded the lead four times and were tied on five other occasions. The Hornets last lead was 21-20 with 3:23 remaining in the first half.

Josh Pittman paced the victors with a game-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Pittman also was 10 for 10 from the line.

Three of the five SU starters hit in double figures, led by Jared Carithers' 17.

Guilford had a 46-25 advantage on the glass which led to a 22-4 bulge in points in the paint.

SU hosts Bridgewater on Wednesday in a 7:00 ODAC contest.

Women's tennis
WINCHESTER - The Shenandoah University women's tennis team opened its 2013 spring season Saturday night with a 5-4 non-league victory over DII Shippensburg University.

Freshman Amber Lake gave the Hornets (1-0) the win by taking the final match of the night, winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

Shippensburg (0-6) had taken a 2-1 lead following the doubles and then extended its advantage to 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles before SU began its comeback.

Sophomore Shannon Allin, who had combined with freshman Molly Barb to win 8-2 in the top doubles match, earned a second victory on the evening with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Brittnee Buckley at No. 1 singles.

Freshman Amy Rapp dispatched Cassie Sidone 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to bring the match back to level.

Nos. 4 and 2 singles then ended virtually simultaneously, with Barb winning 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 to make the score 4-4 after Rachel Gross was a 6-0, 6-2 loser at No. 4.

This set up Lake to play the hero, and the freshman converted, winning 6-4 in the third to give the hosts the win. Lake and her opponent, Hannah Wolfe, battled back and forth, with Lake up 5-3 and serving for the set.

After dropping a break to make it 5-4, Lake broke back again for the match as Wolfe double faulted on Lake's third match point.

Shenandoah is back in action in two weeks with another indoor match. The Hornets host Hood College on February 16 in a 6 p.m. non-league tilt.

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