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Hoops Teams Hit the Road Tuesday

Tuesday night, the SU men play at DI William & Mary with the Hornet women traveling to Hood College in a pair of non-league contests.
Tuesday night, the SU men play at DI William & Mary with the Hornet women traveling to Hood College in a pair of non-league contests.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University men's and women's basketball teams return to action Tuesday with a pair of road games beginning with the women's contest at Hood College starting at 6 p.m.

The Shenandoah men, 1-1 under new coach Adam Walsh, play the first of two NCAA Division I opponents this season in a 7 p.m. exhibition contest at William & Mary.

This matchup, along with the Hornets game on Monday, November 27 at UMBC, will not count toward the team's overall record.

The Shenandoah women are also 1-1 on the year – coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft's club dropped a 79-71 non-league contest at Averett Saturday afternoon after opening the year with a 72-39 blowout win over Goucher.

Sophomore Jordan Sondrol leads Smeltzer-Kraft's club in scoring at 23.5 points per game. After putting up a career-high 19 points in the Goucher contest, Sondrol bested that mark with 29 points Saturday in Danville.

Senior Kirstyn Arcata and sophomore Ashley Stone back Sondrol up at 11.5 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.

Arcata, a career 10.0 points per game player, is now 222 points from 1000 for her career. At her current rate of scoring, she should crack the 1000-point barrier in the Eastern Mennonite game on February 6.

Tomorrow's non-league contest at Hood is the 27th in history between the two programs with SU holding a 20-6 edge in the all-time series.

Last season, the Blazers were 74-71 overtime winners in Winchester on December 17, 2016. The OT win was the second consecutive for Hood in the longtime series. The Blazers are 2-0 on the year after opening the season with wins over St. Mary's (Md.) and Goucher over the weekend.

The SU men have played William & Mary twice in history, the last on December 16, 2010 with the Tribe winning 72-44.

Seniors Kwa McDonald and Aaron Patterson lead the Hornets in scoring with averages of 13.0 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.

Classmate Jonah Meredith hits for 10.5 ppg and is third on the team with 4.5 rebounds per outing.

A trio of sophomores: Nathan Knight, Justin Pierce and Matt Milon, lead W&M in scoring. Knight currently has a 20.0 points per game average, Pierce 16.7 and Milon 12.3.

Knight is also tops on the boards at 9.7 per outing.

Following tomorrow's games, the SU men play at Gallaudet on Sunday while the women play at Marymount Monday.

Capsules:

Men: Game Notes | Series History

Women: Game Notes | Series History

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