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Lynchburg Women’s Basketball Tops Emory & Henry, 75-58, Wednesday In ODAC Action

-photo courtesy of Joey Gass
-photo courtesy of Joey Gass

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg College Women's Basketball Team (18-4, 12-1 ODAC) remained atop the Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings after earning a 75-58 win over visiting Emory & Henry College (15-7, 9-4 ODAC) Wednesday evening.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE – Lynchburg 75, Emory & Henry 58
LOCATION – Lynchburg, Virginia – John M. Turner Gymnasium
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (15-7, 9-4 ODAC); Lynchburg (18-4, 12-1 ODAC)

How It Happened
- The two teams traded buckets for the opening two and a half minutes to a 7-6 Emory & Henry lead, but Lynchburg scored the next 13 points to go up 19-7 with 2:08 in the first. The Hornets shot 64.3 percent (9-for-14) in the opening period for a 22-11 lead.
- In the second quarter, E&H and LC were able to put together small runs, but each time a statement was made, there was an answer to keep it a 10-point game. Twenty points for both squads in the period made the halftime score 42-31 in favor of the Hornets.
- Coming out of the intermission, the Wasps used a quick burst of offense to get within nine points, 44-35. After Lynchburg pushed the margin back to 13, five straight by Emory & Henry cut the lead to 56-48 with 2:08 in the third. A pair of free throws by each team made the score 58-50 with 10 minutes left to play.
- The Hornets started the fourth period with eight straight which was part of a bigger 17-4 run to stretch the lead out to its largest margin, 75-54, with 1:52 left. The Wasps would score the last four points of the contest to draw the final margin to 75-58.

Emory & Henry Individual Leaders
- Sophomore forward Taylor Blevins (Abingdon, Va.) led the way with her seventh double-double of the year, putting up 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She added two assists and a block to her line for the night.
- Freshman forward Sydney McKinney (Big Stone Gap, Va.) had 11 points, three boards, two assists and a block while freshman guard Peyton Williams (Saltville, Va.) contributed eight points off the bench.
- Senior guard Megan Jacoby (Richmond, Va.) notched seven points, two rebounds and one assists while freshman forward Kara Stafford (Bristol, Tenn.) added six points.

Lynchburg Individual Leaders
- Charmaine Hairston led all players with 18 points and added two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Carolina Naumann had 17 points and eight rebounds while Molly Shephard put in 17 points and seven boards.
- Olivia Defrancesco had five points, four rebounds and six assists while Alex Allen tacked on eight points off the bench.

A Deeper Look
- Emory & Henry shot 20-for-50 (40%) for the game and made just 65.2 percent (15-of-23) of its free throw attempts.
- Lynchburg finished with just a 40.7 (24-for-59) shooting percentage, cooling off from its red-hot start to the game. The Hornets hit on six threes and went 21-for-27 (77.8%) at the charity stripe.  
- The Hornets led 39-29 on rebounding and held a 12-4 advantage on second-chance points.
- E&H edged LC, 30-28, on points in the paint, but Lynchburg's effectiveness at the line and from beyond the arc was a difference-maker.
- The Hornets scored 22 points off 20 Emory & Henry turnovers, while the Wasps managed just 12 points off LC's miscues.  

Up Next
- Emory & Henry will return home on Saturday when it hosts Bridgewater College in the first game of a doubleheader with the Wasps' men's team. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
- The game will also serve as Senior Day for E&H, which will honor its two seniors prior to tipoff.

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