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Donley Hits Buzzer Beater for Women's Hoops

Sarah Donley shot the game-winner with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to defeat Mary Baldwin 46-45 on Wednesday night.
Sarah Donley shot the game-winner with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to defeat Mary Baldwin 46-45 on Wednesday night.

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University women's basketball team came up with a huge 46-45 win over Mary Baldwin in a non-conference game on Wednesday night.

McKenzie Mathis found Sarah Donley on the inbounds to seal the win for the Hornets (2-0) with 0.4 seconds left on the clock. Mary Baldwin (2-1) was unable to get a shot off on the ensuing possession.

Mathis, under the basket, found Donley for the game-winning right-handed layup. The bucket was Donley's lone one of the evening.


1st Quarter

Mary Baldwin came out hot, jumping to a 12-2 start. The quarter ended in the Squirrels favor 20-13.

2nd Quarter

Shenandoah took a 25-23 lead going into halftime, holding MBU to just three points in the second quarter.

3rd Quarter

SU and Mary Baldwin traded buckets in the third, giving the Hornets a 37-36 lead.

4th Quarter

MBU went on a seven-point run midway through the fourth before a Mathis layup stopped the bleeding; she was fouled on the shot and cut the deficit to one after sinking her free throw. The two squads traded scoreless possessions until Sierra St. Cyr made a layup with 54 seconds to take the lead. MBU answered with a bucket with nine seconds remaining to put the Squirrels back on top.

Following a missed missed shot, SU had the inbounds under the basket in an attempt to get the game-winning bucket. Donley took Mathis' pass and made a baseline layup just prior to the buzzer sounding. The officials put 0.4 seconds back on the clock and Mary Baldwin advanced the ball following a time-out, but was not able to get a shot off. Their inbounds pass went off the front of the rim and to St. Cyr near midcourt.


"This was by far the grittiest win we have had since I have been at Shenandoah," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "We knew that Mary Baldwin was going to give their everything, we were able to respond their strong first five minutes. Shannon played the best defense of the game, she stepped up on offense and just had an unbelievable game all-around. Sarah Donley was ready to make the big play when her number was called."


  • Shannon Kuhn led SU in points with 13. Jordan Sondrol contributed eight points.

  • Sierra St. Cyr grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, McKenzie Mathis and Kuhn added six.

  • Leah Calhoun had a double-double for the visitors, leading the game in scoring and rebounds with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

  • SU outrebounded MBU 41-36

  • SU shot 70% from the line

  • Both teams turnovered the ball 16 times each.

  • The Hornets scored 19 off the turnover.

  • The SU bench contributed 15 points.

  • SU owns a 26-4 series history over the Squirrels, the two programs have a lot of history due to the time SU spent in the USA-South.


SU hosts Penn-State Altoona Saturday at 2 p.m. for the first doubleheader of the 2018-19 season.