Lynchburg, Va. -- Lynchburg College's women's basketball team erased a double-digit halftime deficit but couldn't take control, eventually falling to visiting Randolph-Macon, 71-59, in Saturday's matchup between Old Dominion Athletic Conference leaders.
The defeat put an end to the Hornets' eight-game win streak.
Senior forward Caroline Naumann (Mechanicsville, Va.) scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Lynchburg. Junior forward Molly Shephard (Charlottesville, Va.) piled up 14 points and eight boards, and senior guard Olivia DeFrancesco (Greensboro, N.C.) added 10 points, six assists, and five steals.
Randolph-Macon sophomore Kelly Williams scored 35 points and snagged 15 rebounds, both game-highs. The game marked the 600th-career win for Yellow Jackets head coach Carroll LaHaye.
Lynchburg, Randolph-Macon, and Guilford now sit in a three-way tie atop the conference standings.
Final: Randolph-Macon 71, Lynchburg 59
Records: Randolph-Macon (13-3, 6-2 ODAC), Lynchburg (14-3, 6-2 ODAC)
Venue: Turner Gymnasium, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Yellow Jackets got out to a hot start behind Williams' post play -- she scored 10 points in the first period -- but LC used a 7-2 run to tie the game at 13-13 after 10 minutes.
- Randolph-Macon scored 11 straight points early in the second to take a double-digit lead, which the Yellow Jackets maintained for a 38-28 halftime advantage. The 38 points are the most LC has allowed in a first half this season.
- Lynchburg promptly erased the deficit with a 10-0 run out of intermission that junior wing Alex Allen (China Grove, N.C.) finished with a 3-pointer, forcing a Randolph-Macon timeout, and took the lead on DeFrancesco's basket the next possession to extend the run to 12. The final four minutes of the period saw four ties, but R-MC entered the final 10 minutes with a 48-46 lead thanks to Williams' late layup.
- DeFrancesco and Naumann both hit baskets to put Lynchburg ahead early in the fourth quarter, but both times the Yellow Jackets answered. Kelsey Wisner's basket with 6:04 remaining, part of a 7-0 R-MC run, put the visitors ahead for good. DeFrancesco cut the lead to three on a 3-pointer with 3:31 left, but Randolph-Macon scored 10 of the game's final 11 points to put it out of reach.
Lynchburg will hit the road for Roanoke, Va. and a midweek contest at Hollins University on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.