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Olivia Weinel had 13 points off the bench for Shenandoah in its 79-60 ODAC Tournament win over Bridgewater.
Olivia Weinel had 13 points off the bench for Shenandoah in its 79-60 ODAC Tournament win over Bridgewater.
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WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University women's basketball team has earned its third consecutive trip to the Salem Civic Center with a 79-60 victory over No. 9 Bridgewater Tuesday night in the opening round of the ODAC Tournament at the Wilkins Center.

Shenandoah (13-13 and the No. 8 seed) led virtually wire-to-wire over the Eagles (14-12). After BC scored the opening bucket at 9:53, SU answered with nine straight points to take a lead it would not relinquish.

IN BRIEF

Leading 16-9 following an Olivia Weinel jumper at 3:57 of the first, the Hornets saw Bridgewater nine of the game's next 13 points to trail by just two, 20-18, with 12 seconds to play in the quarter.

Kelsey Jones changed the momentum with just one shot, canning a 35-footer as the buzzer sounded to put the Hornets back up five, 23-18, after one.

Shenandoah did not let its lead dip below four points the rest of the way.

Holding that four-point lead, 39-35 at the 6:06 mark of the third, SU ripped off a 10-1 run over the next 2:01 that effectively sealed the contest. Weinel, who had 13 points off the bench, completed that run with a 3-point play at 3:59 of the third.

The Hornets lead remained in double digits for all but 25 seconds the rest of the way and SU closed out the game on a 23-14 run. 

SU LEADERS

Points: Jordan Sondrol 19, Sierra St. Cyr 14, Weinel 13, McKenzie Mathis 10, Shannon Kuhn 10

Rebounds: Kuhn 7

Assists: Mathis 5, Kuhn 4

QUOTABLE

"We carried the momentum in from Saturday's win at Lynchburg," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "We shot the ball very well tonight and Jordan (Sondrol) stepped up big time. I am so proud of the team."

UP NEXT

Shenandoah faces top-seeded Guilford on Friday at 1 p.m. in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals. This game will be played at the Salem Civic Center.

GAME NOTES

  • The victory is third straight for Shenandoah over Bridgewater
  • Bridgewater leads the all-time series 9-4
  • Shenandoah shot 48 percent (29-of-61)
  • Bridgewater shot 29 percent (19-of-65)
  • SU had a 46-35 edge on the glass
  • This is the third straight year that Shenandoah has advanced to the quarterfinals and the fifth time in seven seasons of league play
  • Shenandoah has never met Guilford in ODAC Tournament play

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