Area briefs: SU, Calhoun notch 1st victory

Posted: November 19, 2012

From Star staff reports

CARLISLE, Pa. — Shenandoah University earned its first women’s basketball victory of the season Sunday afternoon with a 79-52 win over Penn State-Berks in the consolation game of the 2012 Days Inn Shootout hosted by Dickinson College.

The Hornets’ win is also the first for new coach C.K. Calhoun.

After PSU-Berks (0-2) scored three of the initial five points of the game, Shenandoah (1-2) never trailed again after sophomore Holly Chittenden hit a jumper in the lane at the 18:11 mark.

The Nittany Lions were able to tie the game at 8-8 before Shenandoah took total control of the contest by scoring 15 of the game’s next 20 points.

The Hornets led by nine points by the 12:23 mark, and stretched their advantage to a half-high 16 points following a Corin Scott bucket with 8:29 remaining.

Shenandoah took a 40-25 lead into the halftime break thanks to 13 points from Chittenden, eight from Scott and another seven by junior Sara D’Amico.

All 10 SU players in uniform scored in the game with nine of the 10 getting at least two points in the second half.

Chittenden, who earned all-tournament honors, led all players with 22 points, Petrus added 12 and Scott 10 for the victors.

On Saturday, Dickinson defeated SU 79-61 in the opening game of the tournament.

Chittenden led the Hornets with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Scott added 11 points, three steals and two assists. SU’s Sarah Dixon also finished in double figures with 10.

COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

Nelson competes at NCAA meet

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Iowa State freshman Crystal Nelson finished as the Cyclones’ fifth runner, helping Iowa State finish 11th overall out of 31 women’s teams at the NCAA championship meet Saturday.

Nelson, a Northwestern District and Region II champion and Group AA state runner-up as a senior at Millbrook, finished 192nd with a time of 21 minutes, 28 seconds on the 6,000-meter course.

The Cyclones repeated as Big 12 Conference and Midwest Regional champions this year.

Iowa State senior Betsy Saina won the NCAA national title, finishing with a time of 19:27. Iowa State finished with 350 team points. Oregon won the team title with 114, finishing 69 points ahead of runner-up Providence.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS Country

Hawkins 4th at Battle of Potomac

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — James Wood senior Amber Hawkins placed fourth overall at the Battle of Potomac Cross Country Championship at Smokey Glen Farm on Saturday.

Hawkins finished with a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds, helping Virginia win the the team title in the girls’ seeded division. Virginia swept spots three through eight to defeat Maryland 88-122.

Hawkins, the Northwestern District and Region II champion, finished as the second Virginia runner. There were 59 girls in the seeded race that featured high school runners from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Moore leads Rams past Elizabeth City State

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Senior forward Chad Moore scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Shepherd University to a 76-70 win over Elizabeth City State in men’s basketball action on Saturday.

Moore, a former standout at Handley High School, hit on 6-of-11 shots from the floor and drained 13-of-17 free throws.

Miykael Faulcon had 18 points and Angelo Sharpless added 17 to lead Elizabeth City State.

Shepherd (2-1) shot 44.2 percent (23 of 52) from the floor and connected on 28-of-36 free throws (77.8 percent).

Elizabeth City (0-1) shot 42.9 percent (24-56) with an 11-of-20 effort (55 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Vikings had a 37-35 advantage on the boards.