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WINCHESTER - The Shenandoah University women's basketball team won for the second time in three outings with a 55-53 non-league victory over Wilkes Sunday afternoon.
Shenandoah (2-4) only the led for 4.2 seconds in the game, but it was the correct 4.2 seconds as the Hornets rallied for the victory over Wilkes (1-4).
Trailing 53-51 with 61 seconds remaining, SU got a defensive stop followed by an Imani Heggins fast break layup to tie it at 53-53 with 31.2 seconds left.
The Colonels appeared to be holding for the final shot of regulation, but Hornets senior Crystal Petrus had other ideas.
Petrus stripped Elena Stambone of the ball in the frontcourt and the ball eventually found its way to a streaking Heggins, who laid it in for the game-winning points.
Wilkes had one more chance, but Petrus was again in the right place at the right time, breaking up the entry pass and holding onto the ball as time expired.
Heggins' final two buckets completed a comeback in which Shenandoah found itself down eight with 6:05 remaining and six with 4:08 left.
The Hornets outscored WU 13-3 in the final 6:05 of the contest.
Wilkes, thanks to a bucket 36 seconds into the game, led throughout and had a game-high 13 point advantage less than two minutes into the second half.
Coach C.K. Calhoun's club never folded its collective tent and eventually cut the deficit to one point by the 10:53 mark.
From this point on, SU kept the game within three possessions until making its final run.
Junior Holly Chittenden paced the victors with 20 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of the season, with Heggins adding 12 points and Mary Severin 10.
Shenandoah had a 44-38 advantage on the glass, leading to an 11-8 edge in second chance points and a 32-26 bulge on points in the paint.
Stambone had a game-high 21 for the Colonels.
SU is off until hosting Emory and Henry on Saturday in a 2 p.m. ODAC contest.