SU roundup: Hornets win in women’s basketball

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WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team made its annual Alumni Day a positive one with a 73-70 ODAC victory over Roanoke Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets (8-11, 5-5 ODAC) trailed by six points with four minutes to play only to rally for the victory over Roanoke (8-10, 4-6).

Senior Crystal Petrus, who had a game-high 28 points, got the comeback started with a pair of free throws at 3:54 before junior Holly Chittenden made it a one-possession game with a layup nine seconds after Petrus’ two free throws.

The Lady Maroons were able to extend their lead back out to five points following a Paxton Gwin layup at 2:08 before SU made its final push with a 6-0 run over the next 75 seconds to take a 68-67 lead with 53 seconds remaining.

Freshman Erin French had a layup off of a Tiffany Bauer assist at that 53-second mark to put SU in front to stay.

Coach C.K. Calhoun’s club then closed out the contest by hitting five of eight shots from the free throw line and forcing a crucial turnover with seven seconds left to clinch the victory.

Petrus, who missed her career-high by three points, saw Imani Heggins and Olivia Callan back her up with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Gwin, had 25 and Laurel Hankins 16 for Roanoke in the loss.

Roanoke had a 35-32 advantage on the glass and outscored SU 34-20 on points in the paint.

Shenandoah is back in action on Tuesday at Bridgewater in a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.

Men’s basketball

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team fell just short in its ODAC men’s basketball contest with Randolph College Saturday, falling 54-52 to the WildCats.

Guard Zach Desgain gave Randolph (11-8, 5-5) the winning points by canning a pair of free throws with 43 seconds remaining.

Shenandoah (11-8, 3-7) missed two 3-point attempts in the final 30 seconds and then was unable to get off a shot after gaining the final possession with five seconds remaining.

Desgain’s free throws gave the ‘Cats the lead in a game in which the two teams traded the lead 15 times and were tied on nine other occasions.

The two teams were within three points of each other for just more than 37 minutes of the 40-minute contest.

Senior Avery Green, who was honored as the 17th man in program history to score 1000 career points and passed Kevin Kline ’11 for 12th place on the all-time SU scoring list, led all players with 26 points.

Green had nine field goals (four 3-pointers) and was 4 for 4 from the line to complete a week in which he scored 66 points in two contests.

Corey Brown had 15 points, Dylan Shifflett 12 and Mike Ehilegbu 10 for Randolph.

The ‘Cats had a 34-28 advantage on the glass and outscored Shenandoah 15-2 in second chance points.

The Hornets are on the road Wednesday evening at Washington and Lee in a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.