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Both Hoops Teams Return to Action

Jordan Sondrol (L) and Kwa McDonald (R) lead their respective teams in scoring heading into Saturday's games.
Jordan Sondrol (L) and Kwa McDonald (R) lead their respective teams in scoring heading into Saturday's games.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University men's and women's basketball teams return to the court Saturday afternoon for their first contests since playing Monday night in a home doubleheader.

Fresh off of final exams, the SU men host Randolph in the squad's second ODAC game of the season while the Hornet women travel to Mary Baldwin for a non-league contest. Both games are slated for 2 p.m. starts.

The Shenandoah men are looking to snap a two-game slide with the 2 p.m. home game versus winless Randolph. The WildCats, under second year head coach Pete Hamilton, are 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the ODAC after getting blown out, 72-43, by Roanoke Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah will be seeking its third win in the past four meetings with Randolph – last season, both teams won on the others' home floor with SU winning, 65-62, in Lynchburg on January 28 after Randolph was a 60-57 winner in Winchester on December 10.

Senior Ryan Fields, who has not played since November 21 versus Greensboro, leads the 'Cats in scoring at 13.2 points per game with Sammy Hooper hitting for 12.6 ppg.

Randolph is averaging 68.7 points per game and giving up 82.0. The WildCats also have a +2.3 rebounds per game average.

Senior Kwa McDonald paces Shenandoah in scoring at 15.5 ppg. The Frederick, Maryland native has led or co-led SU in scoring in five of six games this season with a high of 23 points in a 78-69 win over Gallaudet on Sunday, November 26.

Sophomore Christopher Chaney drew his first start Monday versus Washington (Md.) and celebrated with a career-high 14 rebounds. He leads the squad on the glass at 7.7 per outing.

Coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft's women own a 13-game winning streak over Mary Baldwin and have won 27 of 33 lifetime matchups against the Fighting Squirrels.

Sophomore Jordan Sondrol is currently third in the ODAC in scoring at 20.2 point per game; Sondrol has been the team's leading scorer in all six games this season and she has scored at least 18 points in five of the six contests.

Sondrol's 7.2 rebounds per game is also a team-high and she is 11th in the league in that category.

Mary Baldwin is 1-6 on the year and 0-3 in the USA South. The Squirrels score 55.1 points per game, allow 77.7 and turn it just over 26 times an outing.

Sophomore guard Aayana Nedd leads MBU in scoring with an 11.5 per game average.

Following Saturday's games, the men will be off until traveling (with the women) to Penn St. – Altoona for a non-league contest next Saturday. The women complete their first semester home slate on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. non-league game versus N.C. Wesleyan.

Capsules:

Men: Game Notes | Series History 

Women: Game Notes | Series History 

 

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