Team History

Women’s basketball began at Lynchburg College sometime prior to 1909.  The first intercollegiate games were played during the 1924-25 and 1925-26 seasons as the Hornets completed 2-1 and 2-3 campaigns.  World War II forced the cancellation of women’s basketball at the college until the war ended.  The team was a consistent winner during the 1950s and had an 8-1-1 record in 1952. 

Dr. Jacqueline Asbury, former Dean of Lynchburg College, ushered in the modern era of women’s basketball at the college, coaching the Hornets to a remarkable 71-4 (.947 winning percentage) record from 1963 to 1968.  This included a perfect 23-0 campaign during the 1964-65 season. The 23 wins still stands as a school record for the Hornets.

Dr. Marie Lewis, former volleyball coach and professor in the school of Health Science and Human Performance, coached the team from 1972 to 1992.  Lewis led the Hornets to nine winning seasons in 19 years, including marks of 18-7 and 16-9 in 1989-90 and 1990-91, respectively.  Betty Jackson ’83 began her outstanding playing career at LC in 1979, leading the Hornets to 56 victories in four seasons (56-38).  She left her mark in the record books with seven school records, including career rebounds (1,139).  Jackson is also second in career points and was named a Kodak College All-American following her senior year.  Kelly Fackler ’97 burst onto the scene in 1993 earning first-team All-ODAC and ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades.  Fackler closed out her career as the all-time leading scorer in LC history with 1,556 points. 

In 1999, Richie Waggoner became the head coach of the LC program where he led the Hornets to 52 wins and ODAC Tournament berths in three of his last five years.  Guard Abby Pyzik (Smith) became the first Lynchburg College women’s basketball player to earn all-state honors, taking first accolades in 2003 and 2004.  Caroline Wesley earned first-team All-State and All-ODAC honors in 2006-07 and was named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Coach Stephanie Tobey inherited the program in 2005 and saw her squad advance into the ODAC Tournament in 2006-07 and 2007-08.  Brittany Dahn and Kristina Darby became the first duo to garner All-ODAC honors in the same season since 1985. 

In 2010, Coach Abby Smith ’04 was named the head coach. In the 2012-13 season, LC had the most wins in program history with 18, earned the first trip to the ODAC semifinals since 1990, and scored the most points in one season in program history. In the 2013-2014 season the Hornets led the conference in both assists and blocks, beat the previous year's record in points, thus holding the record for the most points in a single season in program history, and set a new program record in with 32 assists in one game.

In 2014-15 Lynchburg was voted the preseason number one team in the ODAC for the first time in history. The Hornets surpassed the previous year's record with the most wins in program history, the most points in a single season, and the program's first-ever trip to the ODAC Championship game. Three players were honored on the All-ODAC team, another program first, and enjoyed its most successful campaign.

The Hornets completed a historic 2015-2016 season. The team broke the record for most wins in program history, finishing 24-5 overall and 14-2 in conference play. Lynchburg ranked first in the ODAC in 10 different statistical categories, the top five in the ODAC in 16 statistical categories, and in the top 50 in nine different statistical categories nationally. For the first time in program history, LC finished as the regular season champions and won the ODAC Tournament, making the program’s first NCAA appearance. Lynchburg had players that earned all-conference, all-region, and national honors.

Under Smith's leadership, the team has earned numerous academic and athletic accolades.  Shannon Allan has earned first team All-ODAC and first team All-State honors, while Lauren Penley has earned third team All-ODAC honors.  The 2012-13 team was recognized for the first time by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for Top 25 Academic Honor Roll in Division III. Her first recruiting class graduated the leading scorer in program history and her second class included the student-athlete that now holds school records for assists in a career, season, and game - and another that became a 1,000-point scorer and all-state and all-region honoree. Smith is 93-71 in her six seasons.