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The women's basketball team earned a 59-51 non-league win over Goucher Wednesday evening.
The women's basketball team earned a 59-51 non-league win over Goucher Wednesday evening.

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 59-51 non-league victory over Goucher College.  

Shenandoah (4-4) scored the first eight points of the night and never relinquished the lead over the Gophers (3-4). The Hornets began the second quarter with a 14-4 run, turning a 3-point lead into a 13-point advantage.


1st Quarter

SU started the game with an 8-0 run, holding the Gophers scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. The Hornets had a 12-point lead through the middle of the quarter before GC went on a 9-point run of its own to bring the score to 14-11.

2nd Quarter

Shenandoah outscored Goucher 19-8 in the second; and had a 14-point, 33-19, lead at the break. The Hornets shot 57 percent for the quarter.

3rd Quarter

The two teams traded scores in the quarter with Shenandoah owning a 16-point lead heading into the final stanza.

4th Quarter

Goucher made a comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the SU reserves 20-12. The Shenandoah bench scored 30 points for the Hornets in the contest.


"I am happy to get in the win column tonight," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "It's always great when we can balance out minutes and scoring efforts. We have a quick turn around here and are going to get back after it tomorrow."


  • Ashley Stone led the Hornets in scoring with 13 points, going 3-5 from behind the arc.  

  • Freshman Sierra St. Cyr recorded a career-high eight rebounds.

  • Shannon Kuhn and freshman Kelsey Jones dished out three assists.

  • Jones led on the defensive end recording two blocks and two steals for the night.

  • All healthy SU players saw playing time. No one recorded more than 17 minutes of action.

  • The bench scored 31 points.

  • SU scored 30 points in the paint and 14 off turnovers.

  • Shenandoah owns the series record 14-2.


The women are on the road tomorrow, December 6 at Southern Virginia University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.