SU roundup: Hornets fall just short in upset bid

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SALEM — Eighth-seeded Shenandoah University nearly pulled off the first upset of the 2014 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament before falling 53-52 to top-seeded Eastern Mennonite on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round at the Salem Civic Center.

Shenandoah (10-17) set itself up for the upset with a 10-3 run over the final 4:05 that put the Hornets down just one, 53-52.

Junior Holly Chittenden, who finished with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, brought coach C.K. Calhoun’s club to that one-point deficit with a layup at the 10-second mark.

Calhoun’s club, which forced 13 turnovers on the day, got the final one as Chittenden made a steal in the backcourt with seven seconds left.

Following a pair of timeouts sandwiching an Eastern Mennonite (22-4) foul, SU had an inbounds with three seconds remaining under its own basket to try and sink the winning bucket.

Sophomore Imani Heggins, the squad’s lone representative to the All-ODAC squad, received that inbounds and took the shot as time expired, but the attempt went off the front rim and the Royals escaped with the victory.

The final play capped a game in which the two teams traded the lead seven times and were tied on one other occasion.

Eastern Mennonite had a 13-point lead in the first half, only to see Shenandoah storm back into it with an 11-4 run over the final 4:36 of the stanza.

From this point on, the EMU lead remained in single digits and was never more than eight points.

SU shot 38 percent for the game to 37 percent for Eastern Mennonite, with the victors holding a 34-33 advantage on the glass.

Shenandoah outscored EMU 22-16 in the paint.

Men’s basketball

FOREST — Senior Avery Green became the first Shenandoah men’s basketball player to earn All-ODAC accolades in selections announced Thursday evening as part of the league’s annual tournament banquet.

Green, the league’s leading scorer, was one of six players named to the league’s first team.

In addition to his 24 points per game average, Green is putting up 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.2 steals per outing.

He is currently sixth in the nation in scoring.

He has been named ODAC Player of the Week on two occasions this season, the BB&T Tip-Off Classic Tournament MVP, to the Daytona Shootout All-Tournament team and to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week one time this winter.

His scoring average this year is the third-best season in program history.