SU roundup: Chittenden scores 1,000th point in Hornets’ loss

BRIDGEWATER – Senior Holly Chittenden achieved a personal milestone in Shenandoah University’s 61-49 ODAC women’s basketball loss at Bridgewater College Wednesday evening.

Chittenden, thanks to a pair of free throws with 1:54 remaining, became the 17th woman in program history to score 1000 career points.

She is the second consecutive SU player to crack the 1000-point barrier from the free throw line. Avery Green ’14 accomplished the feat for the men with a free throw in the midst of an 82-67 victory at Roanoke on January 11, 2014.

Bridgewater (10-9, 5-6) led for the final 37:28 of the game Wednesday night in completing the season sweep over SU (7-13, 3-8).

The Eagles, who led 28-19 at the break, had a 12-point advantage on two occasions in the first half and an 11-point early in the second only to see Shenandoah roar back into a contest.

Starting with an Ashley McGhee 3-pointer 46 seconds into the second half and finishing with a Breya Wallace layup at 8:42, the Hornets outscored their hosts 20-10 in a span of 10:32 to make the score 40-39 in Bridgewater’s favor.

The Eagles then reasserted control with an 8-2 run in the next 1:44, eventually expanding the lead to nine points with 2:20 remaining.

Chittenden’s two free throws came next, but BC coasted home to the win by scoring nine of the final 13 points of the contest.

Chittenden and Wallace both had 14 points for the Hornets with Cassidy Burkholder matching that output for the hosts.

Bridgewater had a 45-26 advantage on the glass with Heather Cantrell and Kaitlyn Lehan both pulling down 10 boards each.

Chittenden, with nine rebounds, just missed her 22nd career double-double.

Shenandoah continues this road trip on Saturday at Guilford in a 2 p.m. ODAC contest.

Men’s basketball
WINCHESTER, Va. – Visiting Roanoke College led throughout in an 87-78 ODAC men’s basketball victory over Shenandoah University on Wednesday evening.

Roanoke (8-12, 3-8 ODAC) scored the first five points of the game and 18 of the initial 25 on its way to its 18th win in 21 lifetime meetings with SU (2-18, 1-10).

The Hornets made matters interesting thanks to an 18-8 run over a span of 4:16 that cut the RC lead to just one, 28-27, with 6:03 to play in the first.

Sophomore Aaron Patterson, who scored 19 points and brought the Shingleton Gymnasium to its feet with a second half alley-oop dunk, brought SU to that one-point deficit by canning three straight from the line at that 6:03 mark.

Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Maroons answered with a 15-0 run over the next 4:01 to expand their lead to 43-27 with 1:57 remaining and were never seriously threatened again.

SU was able to cut the deficit to seven points on three second half occasions, the last following an Xavier Alston layup with 14 seconds left, but could not complete the comeback.

Roanoke’s biggest lead was 15 points, which occurred following a pair of Julian Ramirez free throws at the 11:15 mark.

Ramirez had a game-high 25 points for the victors.

The Maroons, led by Ramirez, saw four of five starters score in double figures. Daniel Eacho backed up Ramirez with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

RC held a 44-34 advantage on the glass.

Malcolm Clark had 24 points, Alston 11 and Antwan Pittman 11 to also give SU four double-digit scorers.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a Senior Day contest against Guilford. Alston and Eli McEathron will be honored prior to the contest.

Men’s lacrosse

FOREST — The Shenandoah men’s lacrosse team is picked to finish tied for eighth in the 2015 ODAC race in pre-season poll results released Wednesday afternoon by the league office.

The men, who won their first two ODAC contests last season under first year coach Tim Marshall, are picked to finish tied with Bridgewater and Randolph in eighth place of the 10-team ODAC.

SU downed both the Eagles and WildCats last season, the former coming in a 16-6 victory on April 16 to close out the home schedule.

Marshall’s Hornets downed Randolph 11-10 on March 22 for the squad’s first-ever ODAC win.

Lynchburg is the pick to win it all in 2015 with the LC Hornets grabbing 79 points and eight first-place votes.

Washington and Lee was second with 67 points and one first place vote while Hampden-Sydney and Roanoke tied for third at 65 points each. RC received the final first-place vote.

Voting was done on a 9-1 basis with coaches prohibited from voting for their own program’s in the poll.

Shenandoah opens up the 2015 season this Saturday at 1 p.m. in a non-league game against Southern Virginia.