The Shenandoah University women’s basketball team completed its fall semester schedule in style on Monday, Dec. 17, with a 54-51 non-conference overtime victory over St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The win is the fourth straight win for Shenandoah (5-6).
Sophomore Holly Chittenden, who led the Hornets with 20 points and 15 rebounds, hit the game-winning shot with a turnaround jumper in the lane with 20 seconds remaining in overtime. Shenandoah led virtually throughout the contest after scoring the first eight points of the game. St. Mary’s, with an average of 70.8 points per game, was held to 13 points in the opening stanza as it shot just 13 percent (3 of 24) from the field.
Shenandoah maintained this lead until the ‘Hawks capped off a 24-12 with a Joanna Murray jumper at the 5:12 mark. From this point on, the two teams stayed within four points of one another for the remainder of the contest. The Hornets did have the opportunity to win in regulation, but Chittenden’s layup went off the back rim with three seconds left. In addition to Chittenden’s 20, Crystal Petrus had 10 points and 10 rebounds, with Imani Heggins adding 10 points. It is Chittenden’s fifth double-double of the season and the first of Petrus’ career.
Shenandoah is now off until hosting Marymount University on Jan. 2 in a 7 p.m. non-conference contest.