GREENSBORO, N.C. - Host Greensboro College grabbed one of the two final spots in the 2010 USA South Conference women's basketball Tournament with a 67-62 victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.
The win for GC (8-15, 6-12 USA South), coupled with Ferrum's victory over Peace and a Meredith win at N.C. Wesleyan, means that Greensboro and Meredith claim the final two spots in the eight-team tourney.
Peace could have qualified with a win in either of last two games, but lost Thursday at previously winless N.C. Wesleyan and today at second place Ferrum.
Shenandoah (14-10, 10-8 USA South) loses a chance to tie for fourth with the defeat. The loss to the Pride is the 15th straight for the program in Greensboro's home facility.
As the No. 5 seed in the tourney, SU opens play on Tuesday with a 7:00 quarterfinal round game at fourth-seeded Methodist. MU swept Shenandoah this season, winning 57-50 in Winchester on December 5 and 47-40 in Fayetteville Friday evening.
After trailing by as much as 16 in the second half of Saturday's matchup at Greensboro, the Hornets made a furious comeback to cut the deficit to just three on two different occasions and two points once in the final minute.
Unfortunately for SU, the hosts made seven of eight opportunities from the charity stripe to ice the victory.
Katherine Flint led Shenandoah with 17 points while classmate Alexis Hargbol had 12 points and nine boards. Mandy Johnston greatly fueled the comeback with nine of her 13 points coming on 3-pointers during that final run.