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Lynchburg Holds Off Eagles, 77-68

Allie Coburn pulls down rebounds for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The University of Lynchburg outscored Bridgewater 22-11 in the third quarter to open up a 14-point lead and the Hornets held off the Eagles in the final quarter to take a 77-68 ODAC victory Saturday afternoon.

Bridgewater took an early 5-4 lead on a 3-pointer by Briana Moore and a layup by Claire Mocarski, but the Hornets scored the next six points and led the rest of the way.

After a 3-pointer by Madison Baum pulled the Eagles to within two points, Lynchburg responded with a 7-2 spurt to lead 17-10. After Erin Green scored inside, Maggie Quarles scored the next five points to put the Hornets ahead by seven. Allie Coburn worked inside for a bucket with 35 seconds left in the quarter to close the gap to 17-12.

Lynchburg (9-9, 7-4 in the ODAC) used an 11-4 run in the second period to push its lead to 10 points, 32-22. Leading 21-18, Molly Shephard powered inside and converted a three-point play for a 24-18 Hornets lead. Bridgewater's Sydni Carey and Lynchburg's Green traded buckets before two foul shots by Baum pulled the Eagles to within 26-22 at the midway point of the second quarter.

Kate Kolb worked the paint for a bucket and Shephard added two baskets, giving Lynchburg a 32-22 lead with 3:24 left in the first half. Moore then knocked down back-to-back 3-pointer to trim the margin down to four points, 32-28.

Carolyn Noe responded with a 3-pointer for the Hornets before a layup by Coburn cut the Hornets' lead to 35-30 with 1:46 left in the second quarter. Bridgewater's Rebecca Harvey connected on a jumper with 32 seconds left in the half, sending the Eagles to the locker room trailing by just three points, 35-32. at the half.

Lynchburg scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 43-32 lead. Lynchburg kept the lead near double digits the remainder of the quarter and then closed with a 5-0 spurt to take its biggest lead. Lizzie Davis hit from long range and Noe connected on a jumper, giving the Hornets a 57-43 lead entering the final quarter.

Trailing 60-49 with 7:34 left in the game, the Eagles used a 6-1 spurt to trim the deficit to six. Mocarski hit a pair of buckets for the Eagles, making the score 60-53. After Shephard made 1-of-2 free throws, Harvey drove the lane and scored on a short jumper, pulling the Eagles to within 61-55 with 5:42 left in the game.

Green drained a 3-pointer and then added a 15-footer to quickly push the Lynchburg lead back to double figures, 66-55, with 4:39 remaining. The Eagles continued to battle and a 7-2 fluury once again made it a six-point game. Coburn and Noe traded short jumpers before a 3-pointer by Coburn pulled the Eagles to within 68-60 with 2:42 left. After the teams traded turnovers, a jumper by Moore cut the Hornets' edge to 68-62 with 1:45 on the clock.

Lynchburg turned the ball over on its next possession and the Eagles had a chance to cut the deficit in half, but Harvey's open look at a 3-pointer rattled in-and-out with Green controlling the rebound wth 1:03 left.

Shephard posted a double-double to lead the Hornets, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Green scored 21 points and Noe added 13. Moore paced the Eagles with 25 points. Coburn added 12 points and nine rebounds while Baum finished with 13 points and five assists.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Eagles, now 9-8 overall and 4-7 in the ODAC. Bridgewater returns to action Tuesday night when the Eagles travel to Randolph-Macon.