SU roundup: Hornets top Randolph in women’s basketball

Daily Staff Reports –

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon with a 73-50 ODAC win over Randolph College.

The win gives SU (9-13, 6-8 ODAC) a sweep of the season series with Randolph (10-12, 4-9) and keeps the Hornets in position to earn a home game at the upcoming ODAC Tournament.

Coach C.K. Calhoun’s club is now in seventh place in the league standings with two games to play. Should SU maintain its top eight position, the Hornets will host an opening round tournament game next Monday, February 24.

Shenandoah controlled Saturday’s contest virtually from the outset, and following a pair of Holly Chittenden free throws at the 14:55 mark of the first, led the remainder of the contest.

Chittenden’s two freebies started an 11-4 run for the Hornets with gave the hosts a six-point, 17-11, advantage with 10:30 remaining in the first.

This bulge eventually pushed itself out to 12 points following an Ashley McGhee 3-pointer with 3:56 to play before the ‘Cats ended the first on a 9-2 run.

Calhoun’s club answered that run with an Olivia Callan 3-pointer and a Chantelle Phung jumper to start the second and the Hornets never looked back.

SU held a double-digit lead for all but 17 seconds the rest of the way.

The lead first reached 20 points at the 10:52 mark and hit a game-high 24 thanks to an Elisa Owens free throw with 38 seconds left.

Senior Crystal Petrus paced the victors with a game-high 20 with Imani Heggins adding 13 and McGhee 10.

Chittenden just missed a double-double, combining a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points.

Bria Carlisle had 12 points and Emilee Dunton 11 for the visitors.

Calhoun’s club plays its final regular season home game of the season on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against ODAC rival Eastern Mennonite.

Men’s basketball
WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University suffered through a cold shooting night at the free throw line in a 74-67 ODAC men’s basketball loss to Lynchburg Saturday afternoon.

The seven-point victory gives Lynchburg (16-6, 9-4 ODAC) a sweep of the season series with SU (12-11, 4-10).

Coach Rob Pryor’s club was just 11 of 20 (55 percent) from the charity stripe as LC basically led throughout the contest.

Shenandoah was able to cut its second half deficit to one point, 45-44, following a Jimi Starks jumper at 13:57, but could get no closer.

Manny Hernandez, who finished with 12 points, hit consecutive buckets in the lane before Alex Graves finished off a layup in the lane at 12:11 to push the visitors advantage back out to seven points.

The lead eventually ballooned to nine before Avery Green, who had a game-high 28 points, finally stopped the bleeding with a jumper at 10:47, but the damage was done.

SU would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Lynchburg iced the game with a 5-0 run from the 2:07 to :47 marks that gave the visitors a 72-62 advantage.

Shenandoah then finished the game on a 5-2 run with Green scoring all five of the points on two free throws and a 3-pointer.

LC owned the paint, outrebounding SU 46-35, and had a 52-28 advantage on points in the paint.

The hosts scored 23 of the game’s 30 points off of turnovers.

Graves had 18 points for the victors with Austen Arnold adding 17 and Hernandez 12.

Green, the ODAC’s leading scorer, was the only SU player in double figures.

The men are back in action on Wednesday night at Virginia Wesleyan.

Men’s tennis

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s tennis team opened up its 2014 spring season with a 9-0 non-league victory over Hood Saturday evening.

The Hornets (1-0) opened by sweeping Hood (0-6) in the doubles before clinching the victory with wins in the top three singles matches.

Sophomore Steven Baker led SU to the win by combining with Wes Licklider to win 8-1 at No. 1 doubles before winning 6-2, 6-3 in the top singles match.

Will Leach and Zach O’Neal were also double winners.

Leach was a 6-0, 6-2 victor at No. 2 singles and O’Neal won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3

The two men won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.

Brett Holmes and Kelly Sykes had the final win, downing Chad Love and Philip Roedig 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.

Sykes won 7-5, 6-1 at No. 4, Holmes 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 at No. 5 and Licklider 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6 to complete the sweep.

The men are now off until opening the ODAC campaign with a home match against Virginia Wesleyan on March 12.

Track and field
ITHACA, N.Y. – Junior Jaclyn Mohlmann set a new school record in winning the indoor heptathlon Sunday afternoon at the Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca College.

Thanks to a 2:22.89 in the final event, the 800 meters, Mohlmann shattered her previous best score in the heptathlon with 3249 points.

The new record, which beats her previous mark of 3001 points, is currently the 14th best score this season in Division III.

In addition to the 785 points earned in the 800 meters, she earned 759 in the 60 meter high hurdles, 701 in the high jump, 458 in the shot put and 546 in the long jump.

Her 3249 total bested the 15-woman competition that included one Division I competitor.

Mohlmann beat that DI athlete – Samantha Olyha from Cornell, by 167 points.