Women's hoops uses late run to squash Wasps

Caroline Naumann shoots a jump shot.

Lynchburg, Va. -- Caroline Naumann (Mechanicsville, Va.) led the way once again for the Lynchburg College women's basketball team, tallying 19 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists as the Hornets knocked off Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Emory & Henry, 53-41, Tuesday evening. The win is Lynchburg's eighth-straight.

It was the 11th double-double of the season for the senior forward, who was recognized before the game by Lynchburg president Dr. Ken Garren for scoring her 1,000th-career point, a feat Naumann achieved last Wednesday in LC's win over Roanoke.

Senior guard Olivia DeFrancesco (Greensboro, N.C.) chipped in 11 points and three steals for Lynchburg, while junior forward Molly Shephard (Charlottesville, Va.) scored 10 points.

Taylor Blevins led the way for the Wasps with 12 points.



Final: Lynchburg 53, Emory & Henry 41

Records: Lynchburg (14-2, 6-1 ODAC), Emory & Henry (11-5, 4-3 ODAC)

Venue: Turner Gymnasium, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.



- The two teams shot a combined 26 percent (13-for-50) from the field in the first half, leading to an 18-17 Hornets lead midway through. Naumann led all scorers with seven points after 20 minutes of play and gave LC the lead by means of a layup with 8 seconds remaining in the half.

- Lynchburg never trailed again, though the Wasps cut the deficit to one on three occasions in the third quarter. LC led 34-30 entering the final period after DeFrancesco was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws.

- The Hornets scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to pull away, totaling a 10-0 around the quarter break. Naumann scored six in the final period, and DeFrancesco and Shephard both added five points in the frame.



Lynchburg's women's basketball program will celebrate Alumni Day on Saturday with festivities preceding a 2 p.m. tip against another top conference foe, Randolph-Macon.