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Hornets Top Ferrum Women

Hornets Top Ferrum Women

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FERRUM, Va. -- The Ferrum College women's basketball team suffered a 77-68 setback to USA South opponent Shenandoah University tonight at Swartz Gym.

Ferrum opened a 27-22 lead at 8:14 of the first half on a layup by Jacole Hairston.  Shenandoah closed with a 12-6 run to take a 34-33 halftime edge. 

Shenandoah scored the first five points of the second half, a three-pointer by Sam Akers and a layup by Holly Chittenden, to widen the lead to 39-33.  Ferrum responded with a 17-11 run to pull even at 50-50 when Shea Smith drove to the basket and connected on a jumper from 12 feet out, was fouled and made the free throw at 12:18.

The Panthers held their last lead of the night at 10:33 on a pair of Kelsey Frazier free throws at 10:33, putting the Panthers on top 55-52.  Sara D-Amico drilled a three-pointer on the Hornets' next possession and game was tied 55-55.  Shenandoah outscored Ferrum 22-13 from there for the league win.

Hairston led Ferrum with 14 points on 5-9 shooting from the floor.  Kylene Culler added 12 points and eight rebounds.  Tesla Akers and Katy Kipps had nine points each.

Akers had a game-high 32 points for Shenandoah, including six three-point baskets.  D'Amico and Abby Gallagher each had 10 points each for the Hornets (6-11, 3-7 USA South).

Ferrum (13-4, 8-2 USA South) returns to action Saturday, Jan. 28, at home against Peace College.  The USA South game gets underway at 2 p.m. in Swartz Gym.