SU roundup: Hornets pick up first win in women’s basketball

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ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season with an 83-79 non-league win over St. Mary’s of Maryland Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (1-3) trailed by 10 points, 58-48, with 11:07 remaining, but roared back into it with a 9-0 run over the next 2:24 to make it 58-57 with 8:43 remaining.

Senior Crystal Petrus, who led the Hornets with 25 points, had the final point of this run by hitting one of two from the line.

After SMC (0-3) hit a layup to extend its advantage back to three, Chantelle Phung and Mary Severin followed with a jumper and a layup, respectively, to give SU a 61-60 advantage.

The two teams then traded the lead four times before an Imani Heggins 3-point play gave coach CK Calhoun’s club the lead for good, 66-64, with 5:10 left.

Shenandoah extended this margin to eight points on two occasions before the ‘Hawks made matters interesting with a 7-2 run that made it 80-79 with 23 seconds remaining, but Petrus hit three of four from the line down the stretch to ice the victory.

The Hornets had four of five starters: Petrus, Heggins, Holly Chittenden and Elisa Owens, all hit in double figures.

Severin and Olivia Callan paced a bench effort with eight points each.

St. Mary’s had a slight, 38-34, rebounding advantage with SU shooting 49 percent to the Seahawks 47.

Shenandoah opens up its home slate on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in a non-league contest against Mary Washington. All fans will be admitted free to the contest with the donation of one non-perishable food item.

Men’s basketball
FARMVILLE – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team saw its season opening three-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 77-69 loss to Mary Washington at the South Region Challenge.

The Eagles (3-1) led throughout the contest and jumped out to a 16-point first half lead over the Hornets (3-1) thanks in large part to five 3-pointers in that opening stanza.

Shenandoah, fueled by 16 first-half points from senior Avery Green, was able to cut the deficit to eight, 37-29, by the halftime buzzer.

The second half deficit floated between seven and 11 points before a 17-6 UMW run from the 17:56 to 11:40 marks gave the victors a 58-40 advantage.

Green, who led all scorers with a career-high 37 points, tried to keep SU in it with six straight points, but Bradley Riester answered with a three-point play on the next trip down the floor for the Eagles and Shenandoah never seriously challenged again.

Freshman Aaron Patterson gave the Hornets one last gasp by draining a 3-pointer with 7:35 remaining to cut it to eight before Mary Washington scored nine of the game’s next 11 points to remain in control.

In addition to Green’s 37, Patterson had 11 and Jared Carithers 10 for coach Rob Pryor.

Dylan Farinet had 22 with Taylor Johnson and Riester adding 19 and 17, respectively for the Eagles.

Mary Washington had a 34-26 advantage on the glass.

The loss snaps the longest winning streak for SU since the 2008-09 season.

The 37 points for Green is the eighth best performance in program history and is the most points scored by a Hornets player since Chris Rhone ’04 had 37 in a victory over Eastern Mennonite on November 25, 2003.

Shenandoah continues this road trip with an 8 p.m. game at Frostburg State Tuesday night.

Cross country
HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Ryan Taylor completed his cross country career Saturday afternoon with a 182nd place finish at the NCAA Championships hosted by Hanover College.

Taylor ran a 26:28.3 over the 8000 meters to finish in the 182st place position.

He ran his first 2000 meters in 6:19, 3000 meters at 9:33, 6K at 19:48 and 7000 meters at 23:01.

Taylor will now take the next three weeks off before starting the indoor track season at Haverford on December 14.