SU roundup: Hornets fall to Randolph College in women’s basketball

LYNCHBURG – Randolph College kept its strong start to the ODAC women’s basketball season going with a 55-52 win over Shenandoah Wednesday evening.

The WildCats (11-1, 2-1 ODAC) closed out a contest that featured seven ties and 11 lead changes by making five of their final six shots from the line in the last 91 seconds of the contest.

Allie Druffel, who started the run by making 1 of 2, gave her club the lead for good.

Shenandoah (5-7, 1-2) was able to cut the deficit to one point on three different occasions, the last with six seconds left, but could not come all the way back.

Freshman Brie Girouard made it 53-52 with a layup at the six-second mark and the Hornets immediately fouled, but Brie Holdren made both of her attempts from the charity stripe and SU was unable to get off a game-tying 3-point attempt.

The Hornets took a 23-21 lead into the halftime locker room thanks to six points each from Ashley McGhee, Erin French and Holly Chittenden.

Randolph scored the opening bucket of the second to tie the game at 23-23 and the two teams remained within six points of each other for the remainder of the contest.

SU held that six-point advantage following a pair of French free throws at 5:49 only to see the ‘Cats claw back with six straight points in a span of 1:28.

The two teams were tied on three occasions and traded the lead twice in the final 3:49, the last on Druffel’s free throws with 1:31 to play.

French led the Hornets with 14 points while Girouard added 10 and Chittenden eight with a co-game-high 11 rebounds.

Central graduate and Randolph senior Jensen Hoover had 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Shenandoah hosts Guilford on Saturday in a 2 p.m. ODAC contest.

Men’s basketball

WINCHESTER – Eastern Mennonite University used a significant rebounding advantage to rally for an 83-73 ODAC men’s basketball victory over Shenandoah Wednesday evening.

EMU (9-3, 2-1 ODAC) outrebounded Shenandoah 56-36 to help itself erase a seven-point halftime deficit.

The 20-rebound advantage also led to a 25-11 bulge in second chance points for the victors.

SU (1-11, 0-3), despite being outrebounded by 31-20 in the opening stanza, took that 41-34 lead into the break on the strength of 42 percent shooting from the field and five successful 3-pointers.

Unfortunately for the Shingleton Gymnasium faithful, the Hornets missed six of their first seven shots from the field in the second and could only watch as EMU seized control with a 19-4 run to start the second.

Trailing 74-59 with just more than five minutes remaining, Shenandoah roared back in it by scoring 12 of the game’s next 13 points in 3:03 to cut the deficit to 75-71 with 1:57 remaining.

This would be as close as SU would come, however, as the Royals closed out the game with an 8-2 run.

Senior Jared Carithers, who had 10 of the Hornets 12 points during that last chance run, led all scorers with 23 points.

Malcolm Clark, who started the run with a fastbreak layup, added 18.

Falk had 13 points and 18 rebounds for EMU.

The Hornets travel to Emory and Henry for a 4 p.m. ODAC contest Saturday afternoon.