WINCHESTER, Va.- Shenandoah opens up its fifth season under head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft Saturday at 2 p.m. when Hood College comes to the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center for a non-league matchup.
Tomorrow's meeting will be the 28th matchup in history between the two programs and SU owns the series history 21-6. Last year, the Hornets defeated Hood 74-58 in Frederick. Jordan Sondrol put up 22 points with McKenzie Mathis adding 12 and Ashley Stone 10.
HC finished 6-19 during the 2017-18 season, averaging 57.9 points of offense and giving up 70.7 per game.
Last year, Shenandoah ended the year 12-15 making a postseason run into the ODAC quarterfinals and finished with an average of 61.6 points per game while giving up 62.7.
Shenandoah has an 18-woman roster this season, returning eight and adding ten newcomers. Of the eight returning players, SU will see four starters back from last year: Sarah Donley, McKenzie Mathis, Ashley Stone and Jordan Sondrol.
Juniors Mathis and Sondrol were named co-captains for the second year in a row.
Tomorrow marks the first full basketball season in the Wilkins Center.
"We are really excited to open the season at home in the WAEC," Head Coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "We have spent a lot of time melding the returning athletes with the newcomers since October 15th and we are ecstatic to officially tip-off."
The Hornets are 3-1 in home openers under Smeltzer-Kraft's direction.