Union, N.J. -- University of Lynchburg's women's basketball team battled hard but fell, 83-79 in double overtime, at Kean Saturday afternoon.
Senior forward Molly Shephard (Charlottesville, Va.) piled up a season-high 27 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals. She earned a spot on the Kean Classic all-tournament team.
Sophomore guard Maggie Quarles (Roanoke, Va.) set a new career-high for the second-straight game, scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists, and freshman forward Erin Green (Poolesville, Md.) had a season-best 15 points off the bench for Lynchburg.
Sophomore guard Carolyn Noe (Fairfax, Va.) chipped in 10 points, six assists, and six steals.
The turnover bug hit the Hornets hard, however, as 29 giveaways thwarted several chances.
Payce Lange led Kean with 17 points.
Final: Kean 83, Lynchburg 79 (2 OT)
Records: Kean 1-2, Lynchburg 1-3
Venue: Harwood Arena, Kean University, Union, N.J.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lynchburg recovered from an early Cougars run to enter halftime down 30-26. Shephard and Quarles scored 10 points apiece before intermission.
Shephard stayed hot after the break, dumping in 14 points in the second half to help Lynchburg open a seven-point lead midway through the fourth period.
Kean closed regulation on a 7-0 run, however, as Keidy Laureano's three-point play with 8 seconds left tied the game at 60.
Noe's 3-pointer with 3:24 left in the first OT gave the Hornets a 65-64 lead, and the sophomore sank another two free throws a minute later to give Lynchburg another advantage, but Kean responded again. Shephard drew a foul with 30 seconds to go in the period and made the front end of her free throws to tie the game again, this time at 68. Noe's 3-point attempt at the buzzer didn't go, and the teams went to another overtime.
The Cougars scored the first four points of the second OT, but Quarles' three-point play and Green's 3-pointer kept Lynchburg in the game with 2:52 left. Twenty-two seconds later, Dayna Sclafani nailed a 3 to give the Cougars the lead for good.
The Hornets will hit the road again Tuesday, this time to Fredericksburg, Va., and non-conference foe Mary Washington. The 6 p.m. tip will be Lynchburg's last game before the Thanksgiving break.