SALEM, Va. – No. 8 Shenandoah University earned its first-ever trip to the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament semi-finals with a 52-49 overtime victory over No. 1 Guilford Friday afternoon at the Salem Civic Center.
The Hornets win over the top-seeded Quakers (20-6) is the first-ever for a No. 8 seed over a No. 1 seed in tournament history.
Trailing 41-31 with eight seconds remaining in the third, Shenandoah began its comeback with a Ragan Johnson 3-pointer as the third quarter buzzer sounded.
SU then outscored the Quakers 9-2 in the final stanza, holding GC without a bucket from the 6:12 mark on.
Freshman Sierra St. Cyr knotted the game at 43-43 on a running layup with 1:06 left. St. Cyr missed the ensuing bonus free throw, and the two teams each had one turnover before Guilford missed a 3-point attempt from the win as regulation expired.
The Quakers made the initial bucket of overtime, at 4:12, and held a four-point lead as late as 1:40 mark.
Following a Quakers turnover, Johnson cut the deficit in half by making 1-of-2 from the line with 41 seconds left.
A Johnson blocked shot followed by a Sondrol defensive rebound gave SU the ball with the chance to take the lead.
St. Cyr did it again, getting another driving layup to put the Hornets on top 50-49.
The Hornets got another defensive stop before Sondrol iced the game with a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining.
"We started a little slow, but even when we weren't scoring, we were getting stops," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "We kept them within an arms-length and eventually it turned in our favor.
"We had never beaten Guilford and had never advanced to the semi-finals, so I am so proud of the team for its resiliency and toughness.
"This means so much to break through."
- The win by the Hornets is the first-ever for a No. 8 seed over a No. 1 seed in ODAC women's tournament history
- The win is the first-ever for SU over Guilford in 10 lifetime meetings
- At 14-13, Shenandoah is guaranteed at least a .500 season for the first time in 10 years
- Shenandoah held Guilford to eight percent (1-of-12) shooting in the fourth quarter
- Guilford had a 44-28 advantage on the glass
- Johnson led the Hornets with 13 points
- Sondrol and Shannon Kuhn had 11 points each
- St. Cyr and Sondrol had five rebounds each