Women's basketball springs past W&L, stays in first place

Olivia DeFrancesco goes past a W&L defender for a layup.

Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College women's basketball team cruised to a Senior Day win Saturday, dispatching visiting Washington and Lee by a score of 66-47 for the Hornets' 12th Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory.

Five Hornets, including all three seniors, scored in double figures in the rout, led by senior guard Olivia DeFrancesco (Greensboro, N.C.), who dumped in a team-high 20 points. Her senior classmates Caroline Naumann (Mechanicsville, Va.) and Brittany Afolabi-Brown (Montgomery Village, Md.) scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, and Naumann added 10 rebounds in her 13th double-double of the year.

Junior forward Molly Shephard (Charlottesville, Va.) tacked on 11 points, while junior wing Alex Allen (China Grove, N.C.) added 11 points and eight rebounds on her birthday.

First-year Emily Popp led the way for Washington and Lee with a game-high 24 points.

With the win, Lynchburg remains in sole possession of the first place in the ODAC standings.



Final: Lynchburg 66, Washington and Lee 47

Records: Lynchburg (20-3, 12-2 ODAC), Washington and Lee (14-8, 8-6 ODAC)

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



- After a tight first period, Lynchburg pulled away in the second by way of a 14-0 run, keyed by three 3s from DeFrancesco. Lynchburg eased into the half ahead 36-23.

- The Generals cut the deficit to single digits on three occasions in the third period, but the Hornets steadily pulled away in the early minutes of the fourth to seal the game.

- Lynchburg won the rebounding battle by a resounding total of 40-28.



Lynchburg will finish the regular season on the road, starting Tuesday, Feb. 13 with a trip to second-place Randolph-Macon starting at 7 p.m.