Women’s Basketball’s Big Win

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The team listens to Coach Abby Pyzik-Smith as she instructs them on their next decisions in the game at home on Tues., Feb. 11. This photo was retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by photographer Taylor Herzog of the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) staff.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Saturday, Feb. 15, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team travelled to Bridgewater College, Va., to engage in a battle against one another for Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament positioning.  The Bridgewater College team was tied for first in the conference ranking prior to the match, as a result the Lynchburg team was considered the underdog opponent. The Lynchburg team embraced this challenge and played a hard-fought, physical match.  The game ended in Lynchburg’s favor, winning by a close margin of just 8 points and a total score of 67 to 59.  

   Fourth-year criminology major and team manager, Christian Lohiser, said, “Our win against Bridgewater really showed us what we can do when we stay level headed, play together, and play smart. We used this game as an opportunity to demonstrate who we are as Lynchburg Women’s Basketball, and our growth these past couple of years.”

   Third-year guard and co-captain Maggie Quarles insisted, “We had many opportunities to bond and grow closer as a team as we continue to elevate in this next push of the season!”

    The team hopes  their team bonding and culture-building focus this season will help the team reach their ultimate goal of reaching another ODAC Championship final.  Lohiser said, “Our goal as a team is to win out for the season as we work towards ODACS next weekend. This means all of our energy is focused on practice, watching films, meeting with the coaches, and leaving all of our energy out on the floor.”

     Quarles said, “With all the team bonding that we’ve worked on this season thus far, we’re excited for it to show in the ODAC Tournament coming up!”

     “Walking into the locker room after winning against Bridgewater, was honestly a refreshing moment. I can honestly say that myself and the other women on the team felt what Lynchburg basketball really is, and we’re hungry for more of that feeling going into the rest of regular season: Ferrum on Wednesday and RM-C on Saturday,” insisted Loheiser.

     The Lady Hornets compete next at home against Ferrum College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) match-up on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m.  Wednesday’s game is a part of a double-header day with the men’s basketball team who is playing ODAC opponent at Roanoke College at 7:30 p.m. in their Senior Night Game.  

 

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