Buena Vista, Va. - The Shenandoah University women's basketball team fell 67-58 to Southern Virginia University Thursday evening in a non-league contest.
Southern Virginia (7-1) found their rhythm in the fourth quarter to defeat the Hornets (4-5). The Knights scored 29 points in the last stanza to improve their winning streak to seven straight.
Both teams struggled to get the offense flowing at first. Shenandoah was just 2-of-11 (11.6 percent) compared to SVU's 31.3 percent. The Knights held a seven-point advantage as the quarter came to a close.
The Hornets found their groove going on an 11-2 run to start the second quarter thanks to Ashley Stone and Sierra St. Cyr '3'-pointers. The Hornets outscored SVU 17-10 to even the score before the half.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the quarter with the score tying up on three separate occasions. SU went into the final quarter with a 41-38 lead thanks to Jordan Sondrol making 3-of-4 from the field and a perfect performance at the stripe.
The Knights offense exploded in the fourth thanks to Savanna Christensen and Katie Garrish shooting a combined 9-of-11 for 22 points. SVU was awarded 13 free throws and put nine of them in to seal with win for the hosts. The Hornets were not able to keep up with the scoring despite shooting 60 percent behind the arc.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
"I thought we played great in certain spurts," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "The fourth quarter had some defensive lapses which cost us the game. We need to be able to play through the entire 40 minutes in order to come out of these games with a 'W'."
STATS OF THE DAY
Stone and St. Cyr led the Hornets in scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
The pair drained a combined seven three-pointers.
Sondrol added 12 points and two rebounds.
McKenzie Mathis added eight points on the board. She was perfect from the line, going 4-for-4, grabbed nine rebounds and recorded 4 assists.
Ragan Johnson grabbed five offensive rebounds.
Katie Garrish scored 30 points for the victors and with 11 rebounds.
The two programs have met two previous seasons, in 2007 and 2008, SVU now has a 2-1 edge in the series history.
Shenandoah will travel to Randolph Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. in an ODAC contest.