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Guilford Outlasts Women's Hoops

McKenzie Mathis had a game-high six assists Saturday.
McKenzie Mathis had a game-high six assists Saturday.

WINCHESTER, Va. – Visiting Guilford College held on for a 58-45 ODAC women's basketball victory over Shenandoah University Saturday afternoon at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center.

Guilford (9-4, 6-1 ODAC) jumped out to a 17-point, 26-9 lead by the end of the first half before having to hold on as Shenandoah (6-7, 2-4 ODAC) rallied in the second half.

IN BRIEF

SU shot just 17 percent (4-for-24) shooting performance in the initial 20 minutes but turned it around after the break. 

Coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft's club shot 39 percent (13-for-23) over the final 20 minutes and was able to trim a 15-point halftime deficit to just two, 39-37, with 5:46 to play.

Trailing 39-27 late in the third, Shenandoah reeled off a 10-2 run that sandwiched the quarter break and brought itself to that two-point deficit following a Jordan Sondrol jumper in the lane.

Three significant runs marked the final five minutes of the game. GC expanded its lead back to seven points thanks a 7-2 run in a 2:22 span, and after the Hornets climbed to back within three with four straight points in 29 seconds, Guilford sealed the win by scoring 12 of the game's final 14 points.

SU LEADERS

Points:

Ashley Stone 11, Jordan Sondrol 10

Rebounds:

Stone 10

Assists:

McKenzie Mathis 6

UP NEXT

Shenandoah travels to Bridgewater on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. ODAC contest.

GAME NOTES

  • Guilford has won all nine lifetime meetings between the two programs
  • Shenandoah more than doubled its second half shooting percentage (39 percent, 13-for-23) after shooting 17 percent (2-for-24) in the initial 20 minutes
  • Ashley Stone led SU with 11 points with Jordan Sondrol adding 10
  • Stone had a double-double with 10 rebounds
  • Calyn Davis had 14 points for Guilford
  • GC had a 58-45 advantage on the glass