SU roundup: Hornets fall to EMU in women’s basketball

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WINCHESTER — Visiting Eastern Mennonite clinched the Old Dominion Athletic Conference women’s basketball regular season title Wednesday evening with a 58-47 victory over Shenandoah.

EMU (20-4, 14-1 ODAC) has secured the No. 1 seed at the ODAC Tournament beginning Monday evening.

The Royals are one of four teams to earn a bye into the quarterfinals and will take on the winner of the No. 8 vs No. 9 game on Thursday, February 27.

Shenandoah (9-15, 6-9) remains in contention to host a first round game on Monday and can finish as high as the sixth-seed with a win at Roanoke Friday evening in the regular season finale.

Eastern Mennonite seized control of Wednesday’s contest with a 12-1 run over the final 5:49 of the first half.

After sophomore Imani Heggins tied the contest at 17-17 with a layup at 6:06, Shakeerah Sykes answered with a jumper on the Royals next trip down the floor and EMU never trailed again.

Sykes’ jumper in the lane started the 12-1 spurt – Heggins had the only point for the hosts when she made one of two from the line with 26 seconds remaining.

Eastern Mennonite started the second with another run, this one 11-4, and led by double-digits until the waning moments of the contest.

Coach C.K. Calhoun’s club made matters interesting with an 8-2 spurt from the 4:15 to 2:41 marks, but would get no closer than this nine-point deficit.

Bianca Ygarza led the victors with 18 points while Kayla Baltimore added 17.

Holly Chittenden had 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the hosts.

Heggins added 11 points.

Shenandoah shot 35 percent for the game and saw EMU win the battle of the glass 37-33.

The Royals scored 24 points off of the Hornets 15 turnovers.

Men’s basketball
VIRGINIA BEACH – Host Virginia Wesleyan kept its all-time men’s basketball record against Shenandoah perfect with a 93-74 ODAC victory Wednesday evening.

The Marlins (18-6, 11-4 ODAC) have ran their all-time record against SU (12-12, 4-11) to 16-0 with the 19-point win.

Wednesday’s contest was the only regular season meeting between the two squads this winter.

The Hornets, who found themselves down just two midway through the first half, trailed 47-39 at the break.

CJ Rudisill, who had 15 points, and Avery Green, who finished with a game-high 28, had back-to-back 3-pointers for SU early in the second to cut the deficit to eight, but coach Rob Pryor’s club would get no closer.

Khory Moore answered with consecutive 3’s just 26 seconds apart and the Marlins never saw their lead dip below 10 points again.

Moore’s first 3-ball ignited a 13-2 run that saw the hosts’ lead balloon to 19 points. The bulge eventually reached 25 points by the 3:16 mark before the Hornets finished the game on a 10-4 spurt

In addition to Green’s 28 and Rudisill’s 15, Jared Carithers had 16 points for Shenandoah.

DJ Woodmore, the second leading scorer in the ODAC (to Green), had 27 for the hosts.

SU shot 43 percent for the game and saw VWC hold a 40-34 advantage on the boards.

Shenandoah completes its regular season on Saturday at Randolph. Opening tip is scheduled for 4:30.


WINCHESTER – Lingering snows from Winter Storm Pax have caused the following schedule changes for the Shenandoah University baseball and softball teams.

The Shenandoah University softball opener, scheduled for this Saturday against Messiah, has been postponed. A make up date is still to be announced.

Coach Marlena Kotynski’s squad opens its season on Sunday at former USA South rival Averett.

The SU baseball team was scheduled to play a pair of non-league doubleheaders this weekend at home, but the squad will now play on Saturday and Sunday at the Virginia Baseball Academy in Hampton.

On Saturday, the Hornets host Misericordia in a non-league doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, coach Kevin Anderson’s club takes on Susquehanna in a noon doubleheader.

Shenandoah was originally scheduled to play Muhlenberg this Saturday in a doubleheader, but that has been rescheduled to a single game on March 23.