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Women's Hoops Opens Tuesday

Women's Hoops Opens Tuesday

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University women's basketball team opens up its 2016-17 season Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. non-league contest versus Goucher College.

The Hornets and Gophers will be meeting for the 14th time in history with SU holding an 11-2 edge in the all-time series. The two teams played for the first time since the 1992-93 season last November, with GC winning 61-36 in the season opener for both schools.

Kristyn Arcata had a team-high 12 points for the Hornets in the loss with fellow co-captains Erin French and Olivia Callan both adding six points.

Briana Bull, who eventually led the Gophers in scoring for the 2015-16 season, had a game-high 14 points for the victors.

Goucher is coming off of a nine-win season with Shenandoah winning seven.

This year, the Hornets begin the 2016-17 campaign with a 17-woman roster that includes 10 freshmen. This group of newcomers has an average height of nearly 5'8" with four of the women at 5'10" or taller.

Among the returnees, Arcata, French and Callan each started all 26 games for coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft last season. Arcata led this group with a 9.8 points per game average while French pulled down a team-high 9.0 rebounds per outing and Callan led in assists at 4.0 per game.

Senior Mary Severin also returns along with junior Morgan Kuhns and sophomores Kit Gould and Mia Moore to give Smeltzer-Kraft veteran leadership to balance out the 10 freshmen.

Tuesday's home contest is one of seven for the squad in the first semester. Following a trip this weekend to Drew University for the Rose City Classic, the Hornets return home to face Elmira on November 22 and Lynchburg on November 29.

In December, SU hosts Averett, Hood, Marymount and Gettysburg in a four-game stretch between the 13th and 29th.

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