SU roundup: Hornets fall to Kean in women’s basketball matchup

NEW YORK — The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team completed its participation in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament hosted by Lehman College with a 78-67 loss to Kean (New Jersey) on Tuesday in the consolation contest.

Senior Holly Chittenden, who paced SU (5-5) with 13 points and 13 rebounds in Monday’s opening game, was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Chittenden had nine points in Tuesday’s loss to Kean (7-4) on 3 of 3 shooting from the field and another 3 of 3 from the line.

Trailing by just one, 57-56, following a pair of Breya Wallace free throws with 6:45 remaining, SU saw the Cougars score the game’s next nine points in a span of 1:44 to seize control of the contest.

The Hornets, on the strength of an Erin French layup sandwiched by two free throws each from Chittenden and Wallace, was able to cut the deficit to six points with 2:30 remaining, but would get no closer.

Kean closed out the victory by scoring 10 of the game’s final 15 points.

Wallace paced Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft’s club with 19 points, while French added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Olivia Callan had 12 points off the bench to round out the double-digit scorers.

SU shot 42 percent (23 of 55) for the game and had a 37-33 rebounding advantage.

Shenandoah completes non-conference play on Monday by hosting Mary Washington in a 5 p.m. contest.

Men’s basketball

NEW YORK — The Shenandoah men’s basketball team completed its trip to the Big Apple Tuesday with an 81-76 non-league loss at CCNY.

CCNY (4-6) led by three points at the break and then held on as Shenandoah (1-9) fought back furiously in the final stanza.

The second half featured three ties and five lead changes and was a one-point game as late as the 50-second mark following a Xavier Alston layup.

Unfortunately for SU, the Beavers answered that bucket with four straight points from the foul line and the Hornets were unable to get closer than two points the rest of the way.

CCNY clinched the contest by scoring seven of the game’s final 10 points.

Shenandoah’s last lead came at the 6:00 mark following an Antwan Pittman 3-pointer.

Pittman, a junior transfer playing in his second game, paced Shenandoah with 16 points while Eli McEathron added 12, Jared Carithers 11 and Walt Moody 10.

Moody’s point total is a new career high.

Pryor’s club shot 40 percent from the field, including 36 percent behind the arc and saw CCNY hold a slight, 37-33, rebounding advantage.

Malcolm Clark paced the Hornets with seven boards.

Shenandoah completes non-conference play on Monday with a 7 p.m. game against former USA South Conference foe Ferrum. This game is the second half of a doubleheader with the SU women — coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft’s Hornets host Mary Washington at 5.


ROANOKE — Shenandoah had three players earn Roanoke Time All-State honors in selections announced Monday evening by the newspaper.

Sophomore running back Cedrick Delaney was named to the first team, while freshman placekicker Jacob Newton and junior defensive end Jake Payne were named second team.

Delaney and Newton were named on offense and Payne on defense.

All three were previously named All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with Delaney and Payne picking up first-team selections and Newton a second-team nod.

Delaney ran all over opposing defenses in 2014, gaining a program record 1,174 yards on 179 attempts.

He cracked the 100-yard barrier in seven of 10 games, including a program and ODAC record 321 yards at Emory & Henry on Nov. 8.

The Manassas native capped his year by being named D3football.com All-Region.

Newton jumped right into the starting placekicking spot and eventually scored 64 points on 12 of 14 in field goal attempts and 28 of 33 on PATs.

He had a long field goal of 44 yards in the 47-31 victory over Guilford on Oct. 11.

Payne was third on the team, and first on the defensive line, with 58 tackles including 29 solo, six sacks and 10 for loss.

He had eight tackles in the Ferrum, Guilford and Randolph-Macon contests.