Guilford hosts Lynchburg

Guilford hosts Lynchburg

The Guilford College women's basketball battled the Lynchburg Hornets Monday night. The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning 66-50.

In the first period, Lynchburg (9-6, 5-3) scored on the opening shot just 10 seconds into the game. Lindsay Gauldin ended the Hornets' run by scoring the first two points for Guilford (4-10, 2-7) towards the middle of the period (10-2). The visitors regained a 10-point lead and held it going into the second quarter. 

Opening the second quarter, Lynchburg increased its lead to 11, 23-12. Throughout the period, the Hornets continued to increase their lead, eventually going ahead by 18 points with 7:21 on the clock. The visitors closed the first half leading 35-20. 

In the third quarter, the Quakers were able to put up 15 points with the help from Gualdin, Alexis Wood, and Carleigh Perry. Out of those 15, Gauldin scored nine-consecutive points. Unfortunately, the Hornets took over in the final four-plus minutes of the period to lead 47-35.

Back-to-back free throws by Lynchburg grew its lead to 17 (52-35) with over nine minutes to go in regulation. Over the next three minutes, Guilford used a 10-3 run to trail 55-45. Although the Quakers cut the deficit to single digits (9),  the Hornets secured the win by a three-point shot with 56 seconds remaining. 

Gauldin paced the Quaker offense with 20 points while also corralling two rebounds. Courtney McMillan added eight points while Caroline Wilkerson and Carleigh Perry finished the night with six points.

Turnovers haunted both teams as Guilford committed 16 compared to 12 for Lynchburg. Free throws proved vital as the Quakers went 9-11 (81.8%) while the Hornets were 11-19 (57.9%) from the stripe.

Guilford will travel to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday, January 26 with a start time at 7:00 p.m.