Senior-led women's basketball outlasts Albright

Brittany Afolabi-Brown shoots the basketball.

Baltimore, Md. -- Olivia DeFrancesco (Greensboro, N.C.) canned the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and Lynchburg College's women's basketball team held on for a 58-56 victory over Albright's Lions in the 2017 Mike Durgala Memorial Basketball Tournament, hosted by Johns Hopkins University.

DeFrancesco finished with 10 points. Her senior classmates, Brittany Afolabi-Brown (Montgomery Village, Md.) and Caroline Naumann (Mechanicsville, Va.) led the way for the Hornets with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Naumann added 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and was named to the all-tournament team.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Lynchburg 58, Albright 56

Records: Lynchburg 2-1, Albright 0-2

Venue: Goldfarb Gym, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

- Afolabi-Brown carried the scoring weight early with Naumann and DeFrancesco in foul trouble. The senior wing scored 10 points in the first quarter, helping LC to a 19-18 lead after 10 minutes of play.

- The LC offense sputtered before halftime, however, scoring just five points in the second period. Albright led 28-24 midway through.

- Naumann's return to the court spurred Lynchburg after intermission. The All-ODAC forward had seven points and seven rebounds in the third as LC leapt back in front, 39-38, entering the final period.

- The Lions battled to tie the game at 42 with 7:25 remaining, and the two teams traded the lead six times between that time and DeFrancesco canned the deciding 3 to break a 54-all tie. An Afolabi-Brown free throw tacked on the final Lynchburg point.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will take on the University of Mary Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 21 before heading into the Thanksgiving holiday break. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Turner Gymnasium.

--LC--