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.
Mathis, under the basket, found Donley for the game-winning right-handed layup. The bucket was Donley's lone one of the evening.
Mary Baldwin came out hot, jumping to a 12-2 start. The quarter ended in the Squirrels favor 20-13.
Shenandoah took a 25-23 lead going into halftime, holding MBU to just three points in the second quarter.
SU and Mary Baldwin traded buckets in the third, giving the Hornets a 37-36 lead.
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.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"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."
STATS OF THE DAY
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.