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Jordan Sondrol scored a season-high 24 points on Wednesday's 68-54 win over Ferrum.
Jordan Sondrol scored a season-high 24 points on Wednesday's 68-54 win over Ferrum.

FERRUM, Va. - The Shenandoah University women's basketball team celebrated the new year with a 68-54 ODAC victory at Ferrum Wednesday evening.

The Hornets (6-6, 2-3 ODAC) shot 53.7 percent throughout the game including 7-of-9 from behind the arc and 17-of-23 from the line to earn their second straight ODAC win. 

The victory is also the 13th in the longtime series between the two programs. Tonight's matchup was the first since 2012, when both schools were members of the USA South Conference.

Ferrum falls to 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the league with the loss.

THE RUNDOWN

1st Quarter

Scoring on each of FC's three initial possessions and forcing two Hornet turnovers, Ferrum jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Jordan Sondrol was able to put the Hornets on the board. Shenandoah trailed until Shannon Kuhn scored on back-to-back possessions under the two minute mark. Kuhn's three-pointer with 1:16 left in the first gave SU its first lead of the game. The Hornets held a 15-14 advantage at the end of the quarter.  

2nd Quarter

Ferrum turned the ball over nine times in the second and Shenandoah took advantage of the opportunity. Sondrol and Kuhn would combine for 16 points in the second quarter. The Hornets led 36-24 at the break.

3rd Quarter

In the middle of the third, Shenandoah went on an 11-0 run to give SU a 20-point lead over the Panthers; the squad's largest of the game came following Sondrol 3-point shot.

4th Quarter

The Panthers would cut the deficit to just five midway through the last stanza but SU would pull away with the victory by ending the game scoring 10 of the last 11 points.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

"I am proud of the way our team performed tonight," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "The women started 2019 on the right foot. Collectively, we did the little things and the result was a conference win. The team had great energy from start to finish."

STATS OF THE DAY

  • Four Hornets scored in double digits tonight. Sondrol scored a game-high 24 points. Tonight's performance is a season-best for the junior.

  • Kuhn ended the night with 18 points. Sierra St. Cyr and Ashley Stone added 12 and 11, respectively.

  • St. Cyr grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, including seven on defense.

  • Defensively, SU forced 21 Ferrum turnovers. Ashley Stone came up with three steals for the Hornets.

  • Ferrum, a former USA South rival, owns the series record 35-13. Tonight's win marks a two-game winning streak for the Hornets. The two programs had not met since 2012, a 77-68 SU victory.

UP NEXT

Shenandoah will host Guilford College in an ODAC contest on Saturday, January 5 at 2 p.m.