E&H gets past women's hoops with OT buzzer-beater

Lizzie Davis driving the basketball around an Emory & Henry defender

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's women's basketball team forced overtime with visiting Emory & Henry Wednesday night, but fell, 61-59, on a game-winning jumper by the Wasps' Myesha Logan as time expired.

Senior forward Molly Shephard (Charlottesville, Va.) led three Hornets in double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds, and her layup with 35 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 53, sending it to overtime.

Freshman guard Lizzie Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.) added 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while freshman forward Erin Green (Poolesville, Md.) scored 13 points to go with 10 rebounds for her first-career double-double. Green's eight blocks tied the program's single-game record.

Syndey McKinney scored a game-high 18 points for E&H, which swept the regular-season series with Lynchburg with the win.

The loss snaps Lynchburg's five-game home win streak.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Emory & Henry 61, Lynchburg 59

Records: Emory & Henry (16-3, 10-3 ODAC), Lynchburg (11-10, 9-5 ODAC)

Venue: Wayne Proffitt Court at Turner Gymnasium, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Shephard scored on the game's opening possession, setting the tone for Lynchburg to hold a narrow lead for most of the first half.

  • Back-to-back 3s by sophomore guards Carolyn Noe (Fairfax, Va.) and Maggie Quarles (Roanoke, Va.) early in the second put the Hornets ahead by seven, 21-14, and Lynchburg carried that momentum into a 29-23 halftime lead.

  • Lynchburg worked the lead to double digits for the first time with 1:46 left in the third period on Davis' free throw, but the Wasps scored two of the final three baskets of the quarter to bring it to 43-35 with 10 minutes remaining.

  • Emory & Henry stormed back in the late going with a 12-2 run to tie the game at 49 with 2:56 to play, and the teams traded two ties and two lead changes in the final 3 minutes. Shephard's game-tying layup with 35 seconds on the clock sent the game to OT tied, 53-53.

  • The Wasps took the lead on their first possession of OT as McKinney sank a pair of free throws, but Lynchburg was able to make use of layups by Davis and Green to knot the score at 57 with 1:46 remaining. E&H's Peyton Williams and Lynchburg's Shephard each went 2-for-2 at the free throw line in the final minute to bring it to a 59-59 tie with 5 seconds to play.

  • After a Wasps' timeout, Logan feigned a drive and stepped back off the dribble, knocking down a long 2-pointer to give E&H the win.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will have the weekend off before returning to ODAC play Wednesday, Feb. 6 with a trip to Ferrum. The 5 p.m. tip kicks off a men's-women's doubleheader between the Hornets and Panthers.

--LYN--

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