BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Behind a 35-4 run over the game's first ten minutes, the Bridgewater Eagles (1-0) women's basketball team rolled to a 39-7 lead before cruising to a 79-45 victory over the visiting Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels (1-1) in the 2010-11 season opener.
Bridgewater scored the first four points of the game before a trey from the hands of Denise Johnson with 17:31 to play in the first half cut the Eagles lead to one, early on.
From that moment on, it was all Bridgewater as a stifling defense and quick strike offense rolled up a 35-4 run over the next eight minutes of play to push Bridgewater to a 39-7 lead with 9:16 to play in the first stanza.
Mary Baldwin traded buckets with the Eagles until the 15:58 mark when the Fighting Squirrels brought the contest to a 41-12 tally.
Bridgewater used a quick 5-0 spurt to bump itself to its biggest lead to that point at a 34 point differential when a Jenny Logan (Luray, Va./Luray) trey put the Eagles ahead 46-12 with two and change to play in the opening stanza.
Over the remaining 2:25 of the first half, Mary Baldwin used a 6-0 run to chip the Eagles lead to under 30 as the game headed to the intermission with Bridgewater ahead 46-18.
In the first half, Bridgewater used a 16-2 advantage in fast break points and a 28-6 gap in points off turnovers to establish a 28 point halftime lead.
Bridgewater went to the bench early in the second half and teetered around a 35-point advantage for the majority of the final 20 minutes before rolling to a 79-45 season opening victory over the Squirrels of Mary Baldwin in the 2010-11 season opener.
Senior Jordan Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) netted a game-high 22 points to lead the Eagles offense in just 19 minutes of action. Burkholder had eight steals to go along with seven assists as the senior neared a triple-double.
In a game that saw plenty of bench action from the Eagles, every player who stepped on the floor scored a point. Sophomore Jessica Mullen (Purvcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) also pitched in 17 points for the Eagles in the victory.
Logan pulled down a game-high eight rebounds for the Eagles to go along with five assists in the win.
Sophomore Katelynn Hottinger (Linville, Va./Broadway) was exceptional in the post, blocking five shots along the way.
Mary Baldwin was led by an 11 point outing from Jackson.
Bridgewater out-rebounded Mary Baldwin 52-45 and outshot the Fighting Squirrels by a 43%-to-24% tally from the field.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday night when they welcome Lynchburg to Nininger Hall for the 2010-11 ODAC season opener. Tip time from Nininger Hall is slated for 7:00 p.m.