SU roundup: Hornets top Wasps in women’s basketball

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WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team earned its first ODAC win of the season Saturday afternoon with a 72-65 triumph over Emory & Henry.

Shenandoah (3-4, 1-1 ODAC) found itself down 40-32 at the break and by 13 points as late as the 15:50 mark, but rallied for the win over the Wasps (1-6, 0-3).

Trailing 54-44 after Kristie Langley hit one of two from the line for E&H with 11:58 remaining, the Hornets scored 13 of the game’s next 16 points to tie it at 57-57 with 6:11 left.

Junior Holly Chittenden, who led all scorers with a career-high-tying 22 points, brought it back to level with a 10-foot jumper.

Chittenden then gave her club its first lead since the opening possession of the game by hitting a driving layup at 5:45.

Shenandoah would never trail again.

Emory & Henry stayed in it for the next two minutes, eventually tying at 59-59 thanks to another Langley free throw, but Imani Heggins answered with a 12-foot jumper on the next trip down the floor and the Hornets would hold the lead for good.

Heggins bucket, from the elbow, started a 10-2 run over the next 2:38 that clinched the victory for the hosts.

The win is also the first for SU over the Wasps. The two teams have now played just four times in history.

Chittenden had her second consecutive double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds (both game-highs) with Heggins adding 20 points and Crystal Petrus 11.

JoBeth Wright had 15, Langley 14 and Anna Green 10 for the Wasps.

Shenandoah is off until hosting Lebanon Valley on December 16 in a 6 p.m. non-league contest.

Men’s basketball
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team fell just short Saturday in attempting to earn its first-ever ODAC victory as Guilford escaped with a 78-77 win.

Shenandoah (3-3, 0-2 ODAC) led virtually throughout the contest and had a 12-point lead early in the second half, but could not stop the Quakers (7-0, 3-0) in the second half.

GC, which trailed 39-29 at the break, used a 47-29 rebounding advantage to score 49 points following the intermission and rally for the victory.

Jake Hopkins, who had 20 points for the visitors, scored the winning bucket on a layup with 13 seconds remaining.

The Quakers, who had multiple fouls to give, fouled twice on the ensuing possession before senior Avery Green took the ball to the hole with five seconds remaining.

Green was fouled on the drive (with 2.2 seconds left) and made the first of two, causing GC coach Tom Palumbo to burn a timeout in an attempt to ice Green.

The tactic worked, a Green’s second attempt hit every part of the iron before bouncing off the rim and into the hands of Zeb Richardson, who held the ball until the final buzzer sounded.

Hopkins’ layup, which came off of a scramble in the paint, completed a comeback in which the Quakers scored 19 of the game’s final 29 points.

Shenandoah held an eight-point advantage with 6:15 remaining following a Jared Carithers 3-pointer, but GC scored the game’s next six points in 76 seconds and eventually took a 70-69 lead with 3:38 left.

The two teams then traded the lead five times and were tied on one other occasion before Hopkins’ final bucket.

SU, which held a 39-29 halftime advantage, was outrebounded 25-10 in the final 20 minutes of play.

The Quakers allowed the Hornets only one offensive rebound and outscored their hosts 18-2 in second chance points in the final stanza.

For the game, GC had 22 of 27 second-chance points scored.

Richardson, who was one of three Guilford players in double-figure points, led all players with nine rebounds.

Green had a game-high 23 points for the hosts with Jimi Starks adding 11.

Matt McCarthy had 22 points for the Quakers and Hopkins 20.

Shenandoah is off for the next eight days until hosting Gettysburg one week from tomorrow in a 2 p.m. non-league contest.