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.