FERRUM — Jordan Sondrol’s double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, both game-best totals, guided reigning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) champion Shenandoah University to a 20-point, 69-49, league women’s basketball triumph over Ferrum College Sunday at William P. Swartz Gymnasium.
Sondrol achieved her scoring and rebounding success in only 27 minutes of action. She was one of three Hornets’ players to score in double-figures.
Sondrol was 5 of 14 from the field, 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, grabbed four offensive rebounds and corralled six defensive rebounds. Also, she passed out three assists, blocked a shot and collected a steal.
Shenandoah (2-0 in the ODAC, 3-2 overall) is a season removed from becoming the lowest seeded team to capture the league championship by winning its postseason tournament. As an eighth seed, Shenandoah won four games, a first-round contest on its home floor and quarterfinal, semifinal and title outings at the Salem Civic Center.
Ferrum (0-2 in the ODAC, 0-6 overall), which has not won at home since the quarterfinals of the 2017-2018 USA South Athletic Conference tournament, suffered its 26th straight defeat and its 19th in a row in ODAC play.
The Panthers’ two league setbacks are to the reigning conference champion and the preseason favorite to capture this year’s title: Guilford (North Carolina) College, both at home.
The Hornets scored 60 points over the final three periods of play; they built a 9-2 lead after the first quarter, a stanza in which the two rivals combined to produce a 4 of 26 shooting display.
Shenandoah extended its advantage to 12 points, 29-17, at intermission by taking the second frame 20-15.
The third period was the game’s most competitive as the two teams combined to score 44 points on a 17 of 28 shooting display.
Panthers sophomore Jacy Marvin netted 11 of her team-best 19 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the period by swishing three 3-point field goals and a jumper.
Marvin’s trey from the left side enabled Ferrum to pull within nine points, 45-36, with 3:24 showing, but Shenandoah closed the quarter with a 7-2 surge to push the spread to 14, 52-38.
The Hornets’ lead would reach a high of 23 points, 66-43, with 2:58 remaining after a lay-up by Olivia Weinel, who came off the bench to tally 16 points on a 6 of 9 shooting display from the field and a 4 of 5 showing from the free-throw line.
Also for the Hornets, Ragan Johnson, who was 5 of 8 from the floor, finished with 11 points and six other players scored.
Marvin was 7 of 13 from the floor, 5 of 9 from the 3-point arc.
The Panthers got six points, six rebounds and four assists from freshman Aisha Martin. But, she fouled out in the fourth quarter and was later ejected after receiving a second technical foul for coming off the bench after Shenandoah was called for an intentional foul on a play involving freshman teammate Kayla Cabiness.
Also, Ferrum head coach Bryan Harvey was assessed a technical foul, but his was not related to the incident that led to Martin’s ejection.
Cabiness finished with seven points.
Also scoring were Jessy Nichols with five points, Cameron Hawkins and Jasmine Wilson each with four, Arin Bunker with three and Briona Hurt with one.
Shenandoah made 42.9 percent (24 of 56) of its shots from the field as opposed to Ferrum’s 38 percent (19 of 50) clip.
The Hornets won the rebounding battle, 38-29, and forced 25 Panthers’ turnovers, while committing 21.
Shenandoah held the edge in assists (19-11) as four players combined to distribute 12, each with four, and also finished the contest with advantages in points off turnovers (16-5), second-chance points (8-6), points in the paint (32-12) and bench points (23-12).
Ferrum returns to action today on the road against ODAC foe Emory & Henry College. Tip off is 7 p.m.