BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team opened on a 27-4 run before holding off a scrappy Emory & Henry (1-8, 0-7 ODAC) squad late to post a 56-46 victory over the Wasps on Saturday afternoon in Nininger Hall.
The win ended a two-game skid for the Eagles.
Bridgewater (7-5, 5-4 ODAC) scored the first 12 points of the game to take a double-digit lead early, before using a 15-4 run to bury the Wasps at a 27-4 margin with 6:39 to play in the first half. During the Eagles early run, the Wasps shot a meager 2-of-21 from the floor.
Both teams traded scores, with the Eagles maintaining a 31-9 lead with 4:36 to play in the first half.
Emory & Henry ended the first on an 8-0 run to chip the score to a manageable 31-17 halftime tally.
Out of the intermission, the Wasps weaned the Bridgewater lead to a dozen points off of a pair of Carlyta Hamm free throws with 15:28 to play to bring the score to a 38-26 Eagles advantage.
Thirty ticks later, Jessica Mullen drilled a jumper to open up a 13-to-4 Eagles run as Bridgewater pushed the lead back to 21 at 51-30 margin with 7:53 to play.
Over the final eight minutes of action, the Wasps outpaced Bridgewater by a 16-to-5 margin as the Eagles' reserves played the majority of the second stanza allowing the Eagles to settle for a 56-46 victory over Emory & Henry.
Mullen paced the Eagles with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The Purcellville, Va. native also posted four steals in the win. Bridgewater outshot the visiting Wasps on the afternoon by a 39%-to-24% margin.
Senior guard Jenny Logan pulled down a team-high seven boards as the Eagles out-rebounded Emory & Henry by a 48-to-39 margin on the afternoon.
Emory & Henry was paced by an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double from Kristie Langley. Langley grabbed eight defensive boards and was 6-of-19 from the floor in 39 minutes of play.
Bridgewater dominated second-chance points by a 20-to-2 gap, while owning a 32-to-18 advantage in the paint.
The Eagles have another short turnaround as they are back in action on Monday evening at Mary Baldwin. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.