LYNCHBURG, Va -- Maggie Quarles scored a game-high 32 points as the University of Lynchburg held off visiting Guilford College, 85-76, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) game Wednesday evening. Quarles made eight 3-pointers and 8 of 11 free throws for the Hornets.
Quarles edged Quaker Lindsay Gauldin for the game's top-scoring honors. The Guilford freshman countered with 30 points in the loss. Gauldin added 12 rebounds in recording her ninth double-double of the season. She was 9-for-15 shooting from the floor and converted 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.
In halting Guilford's four-game winning streak, the Hornets improved to 8-9 and 6-4 in the ODAC. The Quakers fell to 11-5 and 8-2 in the league but remains in first place by one game in the conference standings.
Guilford held an early 5-0 lead, but Lynchburg rallied. The Hornets led, 20-12, after one quarter and 37-29 at halftime. They led by as many as 22 points in the contest, but the visitors rallied in the final period.
Calyn Davis converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 38 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 78-73. Despite outscoring the Hornets 33-25 in the last period, the Quakers got no closer than five points.
Lynchburg shot 55 percent (28-51) from the field and made 10-of-19 three-pointers (53%). Guilford countered with 41% shooting (24-58) and was 2 of 10 from beyond the arc. The Hornets won the battle of the boards, 33-29. Guilford trailed in points off turnovers, 16-9.
Other than Quarles, Lynchburg had four others score in double-figures. Molly Shephard had 20 points and Alex Allen netted 11. Erin Green and Lizzie Davis both contributed 10 points for the home club.
Miracle Walters added 19 points for the Quakers on 5 of 12 shooting from the floor and 9-for-10 free-throw shooting. Davis (11 points) was the third Quaker to record double-digits for the visitors. Guilford converted 26-of-29 free throws in the contest.
The Quakers host Virginia Wesleyan University Saturday. The ODAC game tips off at 2 p.m.