BALTIMORE - In Sunday afternoon's championship game of the Johns Hopkins Tournament, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team couldn't overcome 30 turnovers as the Eagles fell to the host Blue Jays by a 47-42 score at Goldfarb Gym.
Both teams battled back and forth early on before a layup from freshman Kelsey Taylor opened an 8-0 Eagles run to put Bridgewater ahead by a 16-8 score with 9:02 to play in the opening frame.
After its 8-0 spurt, the Eagles went cold from the field, allowing Johns Hopkins to pull to within one with under two minutes remaining in the first half.
Bridgewater ended the half on a four-point run to take a 21-16 lead into the locker room after a low scoring, but evenly played first stanza.
Out of the intermission, the Eagles maintained a five-point lead until the 17:11 mark when a jumper from Alex Vassilla kick started an 8-1 Blue Jay run to give the hosts a 28-24 advantage with 14:33 remaining.
The two teams traded scoring bursts over the next eight minutes until a short scoring run from Johns Hopkins extended its lead to a 45-35 gap with 3:01 to play.
Bridgewater was able to widdle the lead to as little as five on a pair of occasions but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Eagles fell by a 47-42 margin to the host Blue Jays.
Johns Hopkins recovered after a paltry first half from the field with a 45% shooting performance in the second half to earn the victory.
Freshman Shannan Thorne was again impressive for the Eagles, leading the offense with a team-high 11 points. Thorne also pulled down eight rebounds in the loss.
Sophomore Holly Morgan also pulled down eight rebounds in the loss and dished out a team-high three assists.
Vassila paced the Blue Jays offense with a game-high 12 points. Guard Kat Fox grabbed eight rebounded for Johns Hopkins who held a slim 37-36 advantage on the glass.
Johns Hopkins owned an 18-to-10 edge in the paint and a 14-to-4 advantage off of turnovers.
Thorne was joined by senior Jenny Logan on the all-tournament team.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Lynchburg for the ODAC opener against the Hornets. Tip time is set for 7:00 p.m.