Some nights the ball just will not go through the net, and Tuesday was definitely one of those nights for the EMU basketball women. The Royals connected on just five field goals in the first half and shot a season-low 25% in a 61-36 loss to Shenandoah.
It was SU's first win over Eastern Mennonite since Dec. 18, 2010, ending the women's nine-game streak between the two teams.
EMU slips to 12-9, including 7-6 in the ODAC. They are two losses behind fourth place Guilford (8-4) for the final First Round bye in the upcoming ODAC Tournament.
The 36-point game was the Royals' lowest total since a 49-33 loss to Roanoke on Jan. 25, 2005.
Led by Jess Washington (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge), EMU fought their way to an early lead. Washington scored the women's first seven points, before a Precious Waddy (Richmond, Va./Henrico) three pointer gave them their biggest lead of the night at 10-5. But SU scored the final six points of the first to edge to an 11-10 lead at the break.
Neither team scored for more than three minutes to start the second before the Hornets finally got on the board. Cheyenne Suamataia-Teo (Stafford, Va./Mountain View) put in EMU's only three points in the frame, as the women were just 1-for-17 from the floor. Still, Shenandoah only led by nine at halftime, 22-13.
Washington scored inside on the first possession of the third, and Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) flushed through a three, as the women quickly got within 22-18. But SU answered with a triple of their own and bumped the cushion back to 31-20.
Waddy and Suamataia-Teo scored all of the points in a 7-2 run, chiseling the lead down to 33-27 with two minutes remaining in the frame. EMU's hopes for a comeback quickly vanished, however, over the next two possessions. The Hornets ran a nice play for an inside bucket before the Royals turned the ball over. Jordan Sondrol then cashed in on a triple that bounced high off the rim three times before going through.
Even with 11 minutes to play, the game was effectively over, as Shenandoah used the spurt to end the game on a 28-9 run.
EMU made 15-of-60 shots in the loss, including 2-20 from outside. The Hornets, meanwhile, shot 52% for the game, going 14-20 after halftime, and were 8-17 from long range.
The women made a good effort on the boards, grabbing 14 offensive rebounds for an overall margin of 33-31.
Washington worked her way to a double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Waddy added eight points. Myneshia Walker (Freeman, Va./Brunswick) made four assists.
Sondrol hit three of SU's treys and finished with 13 points and three blocks. Shannon Kuhn added 12 off the bench. McKenzie Mathis racked up eight assists.
The Royals head to Virginia Wesleyan this Saturday, playing a 2:00pm game.