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Women's Hoops Wins Opener

Shannon Kuhn went 4-8 from the floor and perfect from the line for 10 points in the 18-19 opener for SU.
Shannon Kuhn went 4-8 from the floor and perfect from the line for 10 points in the 18-19 opener for SU.

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University women's basketball team opened its 2018-19 season with a 65-54 non-league home win over Hood College Saturday afternoon.

SU (1-0) led for all but 26 seconds in the opener. Hood (0-1) went up by two after a Rian Wright three in the second quarter but junior Ashley Stone answered back with one of her own. The Hornets held the lead for the remainder of the game.


1st Quarter

Ashley Stone started the game hot with a '3' just 10 seconds into the game. SU jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead before trading baskets with Hood the remainder of the first quarter.

2nd Quarter

A six-point Blazer run gave HC a two-point lead. SU then scored 14 straight with 3:55 remaining in the second, allowing the Hornets to go into halftime up by eight, 35-27.

3rd Quarter

Shenandoah and Hood traded buckets throughout the entire quarter until SU broke out five unanswered points in the last 4:37 of the third.

4th Quarter

The Blazers outscored SU in the fourth 19-17 but SU saw its largest lead of the day, 16 points with 5:38 remaining.


"The first game is always in challenging in terms of the unknown as far as scouting the opponent but I thought we had confidence and poise," head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft said. "Playing time was distributed nicely and the scoring was balanced as well, we are happy to start on the right foot for the 18-19 season."


  • SU shot 52.1% compared to Hood at 34.5%.

  • Hood shot 70% from the line, SU was 13-21.

  • Ashley Stone led all scorers with 16 after going 7-9 from the field.

  • Ragan Johnson added 11 points and Shannon Kuhn went 4-8 with two free-throws for 10 points.

  • Juniors Sarah Donley and McKenzie Mathis dished out four assists each, a contest high. SU saw 18 total assists.  

  • SU out-rebounded HC 38-28.

  • Jordan Sondrol and Ragan Johnson led the game with nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

  • The Hornets put 38 points in from the paint.

  • The Hornet bench contributed 26 points in today's game.


Shenandoah continues a three-game homestand on Wednesday, November 14th at 6 p.m. The Hornets will host the Fighting Squirrels of Mary-Baldwin.


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