February 7, 2013

Lauren Penley Scores Career-High 22 as LC Women Defeat W&L 56-47

For immediate release – 2/7/2013 - #233
Lauren Penley Scores Career-High 22 as LC Women Defeat W&L 56-47

LYNCHBURG, VA – Sophomore forward Lauren Penley scored 17 of her career-high 22 points in the second half Thursday evening as the Lynchburg College women's basketball team defeated visiting Washington & Lee University 56-47 in a non-conference game. The program's two seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony on Senior Night.

The Hornets galloped out to a 21-8 lead in the opening 12 minutes before the Generals rallied. W&L cut the lead to just three before intermission, thanks in part to a 7-0 run to close the period.

Washington & Lee took advantage of a 10-minute span late in the first half and early second in which Lynchburg did not record a field goal to open a 35-30 lead with 12:46 left in the game. Sophomore Shannon Allan scored the next five points to tie the score and Penley followed with a layup to give LC a 37-35 lead. The game was tight over the next few minutes with LC clinging to a 46-44 edge with 3:25 remaining. Penley scored back-to-back layups and the Hornet defense allowed just one basket the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Penley hit 7-of-14 field-goal attempts and eight of her 11 free throws en route to her game-high point total. She added seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots while Allan filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks. Junior forward Caleigh Patterson had six points and junior Ann Dorris added three points, six assists and five rebounds.

Freshman Wesleigh Vick paced the Generals (8-13) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Warrick had 10 points and Annie Gauf tallied nine points and seven rebounds.   

Due to a change in scheduling this year where every team is playing only 16 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) games, each team does not play every other conference team twice as in seasons' past. The Hornets and Generals already faced off in their designated league contest.

The Hornets (14-8) travel to Emory & Henry College Saturday for an ODAC game at 2 p.m.