RALEIGH, N.C. - Shenandoah University ran its women's basketball winning streak to four games Saturday afternoon with a 70-63 USA South Conference win at Peace.
SU (11-7, 8-5 USA South) needed to rally as Peace (7-12, 3-10) shot a sizzling 65 percent in the opening 20 minutes to help itself to a 38-35 halftime advantage.
The Pacers hit on nine of their first 12 shots from the field and spent the vast majority of the half shooting above 70 percent before ending the opening stanza making 17 of 26 attempts from the field.
Fortunately for the Hornets, they were able to force 11 PC turnovers and turn those miscues into 12 points to keep the contest close.
Eight of the nine women that saw action in the half for coach Michelle Guyant-Holloway scored at least two points, including a combined 19 points from post players Sierra Edwards, Amy Rhoderick, Nicole Gilbertson and Alexis Hargbol. Rhoderick led this group with six while Stephanie Holton had a team-half-high seven.
Peace scored the opening bucket of the second half, but Shenandoah scored the next five points of the game to knot the score at 40-40 with 18:07 remaining. The two teams then traded buckets on the next four possessions of the contest before SU finally took the lead for good on an 8-0 run that finished with an Edwards fastbreak layup at 11:02.
Peace continued to hang around, cutting the deficit to two points on two different occasions before Shenandoah finally iced it with a 9-1 run late.
The final points in this spurt, a Holton 3-pointer from the corner with 74 seconds left, gave the visitors a 70-60 lead.
Guyant-Holloway then emptied her bench in the final minute.
Holton led all scorers with 14, the last three coming on that back-breaking 3-pointer, while Hargbol added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hornets complete this weekend trip with a 2:00 contest tomorrow at Meredith.