Turnovers Prove Costly in 79-65 Loss at Randolph-Macon
ASHLAND, Va. – On the road at Randolph-Macon, the Bridgewater Eagles (14-8, 10-7 ODAC) women's basketball team shot at a 47% clip but couldn't overcome 30 turnovers as the Eagles fell by a 79-65 tally to the Yellow Jackets at Crenshaw Gym.
Randolph-Macon (13-10, 11-7 ODAC) stormed out to a 15-6 lead with four minutes gone off of the first half clock as the Eagles struggled to find their rhythm from the floor.
Over the next eight minutes the Eagles slowly worked the lead down before a Jessie Owens trey knotted the game up at 19 each with 8:11 to play in the opening frame.
Randolph-Macon worked its lead back to seven points with 2:21 to play in the first half before the Eagles closed out the opening stanza on a 6-2 spurt to cut the lead to a manageable three at a 31-28 tally at the intermission.
Out of the halftime break, the Yellow Jackets pushed their lead to as high as five points before the Eagles stormed back to take a 38-37 lead off of a Holly Morgan trey with 17:17 to play.
Randolph-Macon regained the lead and held the advantage at two points with 13 and change to play.
The Yellow Jackets used a 13-3 run to pull away over the middle of the second half, leading by a 60-48 margin with just under eight minutes to play.
Bridgewater's turnover woes continued and allowed the Yellow Jackets to extend their lead to as high as 16 points at a 68-52 gap with 4:34 left.
After Randolph-Macon pushed its lead to a game-high 16, the Eagles had one more run left in them as a pair of Katelynn Hottinger free throws opened up a 6-0 Bridgewater spurt to cut the Yellow Jackets lead to 68-58 with 3:18 remaining.
Over the final three and change, Randolph-Macon held its lead in double figures as the Eagles couldn't overcome the big deficit in a 79-65 loss on the road.
Freshman Shannan Thorne paced the way for the Eagles offense with a team-high 14 points. Thorne picked up her second straight double-double with a team-high 10 boards on the afternoon as the Eagles outrebounded Randolph-Macon by a 39-to-34 margin.
Randolph-Macon was led offensively by a pair of 20-plus point efforts from Taylor Wieczorek and Maggie Roy. Wieczorek paced the way with a game-high 24, while Roy chipped in 21 for the Yellow Jackets in the win.
On the glass, Wieczorek paced the way with a team-high nine rebounds.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday evening when Virginia Wesleyan comes to Nininger Hall. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. as the Eagles host their Play4Kay game.