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SU roundup: Hornets earn first-ever win over Marlins


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VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Shenandoah University women's basketball team earned its first-ever victory over Virginia Wesleyan Thursday evening with a 59-56 Old Dominion Athletic Conference triumph over the Marlins.

Shenandoah (7-9, 4-3 ODAC) led 26-21 at the break but then had to hold on as Virginia Wesleyan (11-5, 5-2) stepped up the pressure in the second.

The Marlins, using a full court press for the final 10 minutes, forced a host of SU turnovers and were able to cut a seven-point deficit to one point on two occasions, but could not come all the way back.

Sophomore Imani Heggins, playing before a bevy of family and friends in her return to the Hampton Roads region, hit back-breaking layups at 25 and four seconds to provide the Hornets with the final margin of victory.

Trailing by three, 59-56, with 4.1 seconds left, VWC was able to get an excellent look at a game-tying 3-point attempt, but Kerri-Leanne Taylor's attempt from the wing rimmed out as time expired.

Shenandoah shot 49 percent to the Marlins' 43 percent in the victory and saw Virginia Wesleyan commit 25 turnovers.

Virginia Wesleyan dominated on the boards, 36-24, including a 25-5 bulge on the Hornets' offensive end.

Junior Holly Chittenden had a co-game-high 18 points for the victors with Heggins adding 17.

Brittany Glasco had 18 and Nancy Kelly 14 for the hosts. Marlins sophomore forward Cassie Conley, a Stonewall Jackson High School graduate, finished with six points, six rebounds and two assists.

Football

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah football coach Scott Yoder announced his 2014 schedule Thursday morning.

Yoder, who led the Hornets to four wins including victories over the past two ODAC champions this past fall in his first season at the squad's head coach, unveiled a 2014 slate that features nine teams that SU faced in 2013.

The lone new opponent, Frostburg State, visits Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium on Sept. 13 in a 7 p.m. non-league contest.

The first-ever matchup against the Bobcats is one of three non-league games for the team. Yoder's club opens at 2013 NCAA playoff participant Gallaudet on Sept. 6 and hosts former USA South rival Ferrum on Sept. 20.

Ferrum is one of two schools that the Hornets have met in each season since restarting the program in 2000.

The other school that SU has met every year since 2000, Bridgewater, is the ODAC opener on Oct. 4.

One change this year is that the Bridgewater game will a night contest. Bridgewater put in both lights and artificial turf this summer and will be playing its first night contests this coming fall.

Guilford visits Winchester in the Hornets' ODAC home opener on Oct. 11.

An away game at Catholic on Oct. 18 is up next before the team enters the homestretch of its schedule with two home and two away games.

Hampden-Sydney, the 2013 ODAC champion, visits on Oct. 25 in a 1 p.m. homecoming contest while the home schedule closes out with Randolph-Macon on Nov. 2.

The final two games are at Emory and Henry on Nov. 9 and Washington and Lee on Nov. 16.

"I think playing Bridgewater in a night game is going to be a great experience for our guys," Yoder stated in a news release. "The atmosphere at Shentel was electric when we played them this past season and I expect the same this fall.

"We have a great home schedule with the ODAC opponents plus Ferrum and Frostburg coming in. The game with Ferrum was very exciting and I think Frostburg is a school in which we could develop a strong rivalry.

"I know the staff and the returning players can't wait to get started."



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