January 15, 2014

W&L Women's Hoops Falls to Lynchburg, 63-46

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Lynchburg Hornets held the Generals to just 26.9 percent shooting and forced 12 turnovers in the second half en route to a 63-46 victory over the Blue and White in ODAC women's basketball action at the Warner Center. 

The game remained tight in the first 9:22, with both teams going basket-for-basket. With the Generals holding a 14-12 lead, LC tied the game with 10:38 left to play when Jaimie Grace (Austin, Texas / Westlake) made a jump shot off a Sammi Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C. / Bishop McGuinness) assist. The Hornets began to pull away and went on a 26-12 run to take a 40-26 lead at the intermission. 

In the second half, Lynchburg stretched the lead to as many as 18 (60-42) with 3:40 left in the game. The Generals outscored LC, 4-3, in the closing minutes to reach the final margin.

For the game, the Hornets out-rebounded the Generals 46-45 and forced the Blue and White into 17 turnovers. LC also held a 16-7 edge in assists.

First-year guard Jackie Clifford (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) led W&L's offense with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. First-year forward Samantha Sharman (Huntersville, N.C. / Hopewell) added eight points, while sophomore forward Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) chipped in five points, but tallied a game-high nine rebounds and three steals.

Goldsmith led LC in scoring with 12 points off of 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point land. She also recorded a game-high five assists. Charmaine Hairston (Rocky Mount, Va. / Franklin County) added nine points, while Sarah Coon (Jamestown, N.C. / Bishop McGuinness) and Shannon Allan (Warwick, N.Y. / Warwick Valley) each chipped in eight points. Ann Dorris (Laguna Park, Texas / Logan County) had a solid floor game, finishing with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

W&L will be back in action on Saturday when it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 4:00 pm contest.

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