The women’s basketball team earned its third straight home win Saturday afternoon with a 50-44 ODAC victory over Lynchburg College. Shenandoah (9-10, 5-5 ODAC) won for the third straight time over the LC Hornets (11-7, 6-4) by holding three of Lynchburg’s five starters to combined two points.
Shenandoah, without the services of starting point guard Sara D’Amico, saw backup point guard Ashley McGhee play all 40 minutes and contribute a career-high nine points towards the victory. McGhee, who had a previous career high of seven points, scored the first eight points of the game for the hosts as she canned two 3-pointers and had a layup in the opening 2:54 of the contest.
The game was tied on 10 occasions and the two teams traded the lead six times before senior Nicole Gilbertson gave Shenandoah the lead for good on a jumper at 9:02. Gilbertson’s bucket, one of three she had on the afternoon, started a 5-0 run for the Shenandoah Hornets and effectively sealed the contest.
Lynchburg was able to cut the deficit to two points with 3:49 remaining, but Crystal Petrus answered with a 3-pointer on the ensuing trip down the floor and then the hosts hit 6 of 8 from the charity stripe in the final 2:38 to seal the victory. Petrus had her fourth double-double of the season with game-highs in points,19, and rebounds,10. Shenandoah held LC to 20 points under its scoring average. Shenandoah takes to the road on Jan. 29 for a 7 p.m. game at Eastern Mennonite University.