Farmville, Va. - Gardner-Webb had four players score in double figures, however, it was not enough as the Runnin' Bulldogs fell on the road to the Longwood Lancers 76-65 on Monday night in non-conference action in Farmville, Va.
Sophomore Catrina Green led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the season, while senior guard Brianna Dillard posted 11 points and 13 rebounds playing 30 minutes. Freshman guard KiKi Smith poured in 13 points and added five rebounds, while sophomore guard Jasmine Dale added 12 points in the loss.
For Longwood, Chelsea Coward had a game-high 21 points, while guard Crystal Smith added 18 points, seven of which came from the free throw line. Point guard Erin Neal poured in 15 points, one more than fellow teammate Brittanni Billups who recorded 14 points.
In what was a very sloppy first half that saw a combined 22 turnovers over the 20 minutes of play, Gardner-Webb struggled to take care of the ball on the offensive end committing five turnovers to fall behind 6-2 with 15:30 to play in the first half.
Over the next five minutes GWU took advantage of some easy baskets, as the Runnin' Bulldogs were 3-of-6 from the floor during that span, as a steal and coast-to-coast lay-up by freshman Mayhana Dunovant cut the Longwood lead to one at 12-11 with 10:29 remaining in the opening frame.
The Runnin' Bulldogs would tie the score up three times over the rest of the half, yet the Lancers had an answer each and every time to stay in front for the first 20 minutes of play.
Back-to-back free throws by Dillard with 49 seconds remaining before the half cut the Longwood lead to two at 31-29. However, in the closing seconds with the clock winding down, Longwood's Erin Neal hit an open 15-foot jumper from the right wing to push the Lancers' lead to four at 33-29 at the halftime break.
GWU's bench outscored Longwood's 14-8 over the first 20 minutes of play, however, the 13 Runnin' Bulldog first half turnovers led to 12 points by the Lancers.
The second half started out much like the first, as the two teams' struggled to score out of the break, as GWU committed four turnovers compared to only one made field goal over the first five minutes, yet only trailed the Lancers 35-33 with 15:44 to go in the game.
Refusing to quit and playing tough through what became a very physical game, the Runnin' Bulldogs outscored the Lancers 17-15 over the next seven minutes, as a three-pointer by Dale from the left corner put the visitors in front for the first time in the game at 52-50 at the 8:43 mark.
However, Gardner-Webb let their frustration take over in the next five minutes, as turnovers and fouls aided the Lancers in a 10-0 run to take a 60-52 lead.
GWU continued to fight, cutting the Longwood lead to single digits at 62-56 with 3:29 to play, yet the Lancers made 10-of-12 free throw attempts in the final 1:43 of the contest to hold on for the 76-65 home win.
The Runnin' Bulldogs, who outrebounded Longwood 48-38 for the game and 17-14 on the offensive end, shot 37.1 percent (23-of-62) from the floor, while the Lancers shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) over the 40 minute contest.
GWU outscored Longwood 28-26 in points in the paint and 39-21 bench points, yet the Lancers held an advantage of 21-12 in points off turnovers, as the Runnin' Bulldogs committed 25 for the game, and 11-9 in second chance points.
The difference in the game came at the free throw line, as the Lancers shot 33 foul shots (24-of-33), while the Runnin' Bulldogs were 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
Gardner-Webb (3-22, 2-12 Big South) will return to action this Saturday afternoon, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will remain on the road to do battle with the Liberty Lady Flames at 4 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.