FARMVILLE, Va. -- Ashley Fann scored 14 points and Franchesca Davenport added 13 to lead Winthrop to a 69-60 victory over Longwood and end a three-game losing streak.
Winthrop dominated in the first half and led by 14 at the break, but Longwood fought back in the second half and cut the lead to six points with 2:52 left. Fann answered with a basket in the post to push the lead back to eight and scored on the Eagles' next possession to extend the lead to 10 points.
Keiva Small answered with a 3-pointer to make it 62-55 with 53 seconds to go. After Longwood called timeout, Winthrop caught the defense sleeping as Davenport took off down the court and Fann hit her in stride for an easy layup at the other end.
Small hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining to make it a five point game, the closest the Lancers had been since 14:05 to go in the first half. Longwood fouled and Yvonne van Daalen hit 1-for-2 at the line to make it 67-60. Small tried another 3-pointer, but missed and Davenport followed with two free throws to clinch the win.
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The Eagles built a 14-point halftime advantage by shooting 63 percent from the floor, including 5-for-9 from behind the arc. Winthrop used the 3-pointer to jump out to an early lead as van Daalen started it off just 51 seconds in and Tiffany Rodd followed with another to put the Eagles up 6-1.
After Small scored to cut the Eagles' lead to six points with 10:09 to go in the half, Winthrop went on a 9-4 run to build an 11-point lead at 27-16. Anna Steg's layup cut it back to nine, but Winthrop outscored Longwood 11-6 over the final 5:30 of the half to lead 38-24 at the break.
Defensively, Winthrop held the Lancers to just 27 percent shooting from the field, including 1-for-13 to help build its double-digit lead at the half.
Small led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-29 shooting and was 3-for-16 from behind the arc. Dyer added 11 points.
In addition to her 14 points, Fann pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Ashley Haugtvedt added nine points and van Daalen had nine points and four assists.
For the game, the Eagles shot 53 percent and held Longwood to just 31 percent. They committed 19 turnovers that led to 14 points for the Lancers and scored 18 second-chance points on 16 offensive boards.
Winthrop returns home after playing 10 of its last 12 games on the road, hosting Converse College at 7 p.m Saturday.