ASHLAND, Va. - Despite a pair of double-digit leads and a 27-point performance from junior Jordan Burkholder, the Bridgewater Eagles (1-1)women's basketball team couldn't hold on to a late lead as the squad fell to Greensboro College (1-2) by a 61-59 score at the Randolph-Macon Tip-Off.
BC held a ten point lead midway through the second half, but couldn't overcome 27 turnovers, including two in the final 45 seconds, before falling to 1-1 on the weekend.
Bridgewater got out of the gates on fire for a second straight game, this time with a 13-point run across the first four and a half minutes as the Eagles held a 13-0 lead with 15:35 to play in the first half. The trio of Burkholder, Katelynn Hottinger, and Jenny Logan got BC out to the early advantage with four points each.
Greensboro wouldn't stay behind long as The Pride chipped away at the Bridgewater lead slowly before taking a 30-28 lead into halftime.
Burkholder led all scorers in the first half with nine points, while Hottinger chipped in eight to aid the Eagles offense.
At the onset of the second half, the lead changed hands a number of times before the Eagles took a 36-34 lead off of a Burkholder three with 17:20 to play.
BC would lead by as many as 10 throughout the middle of the second half before a 10-0 Greensboro spurt brought the game back to a tie with 5:31 to play.
Greensboro would then extend its lead to a four point advantage off of a pair of Bianca Richburg free throws to hold a 56-52 lead with 4:40 remaining.
The Pride wouldn't stay ahead for long as the Eagles used a 7-0 spurt to gain a 59-56 advantage with 2:53 to play, but it would be Greensboro turning up the heat defensively and scoring the final five points of the game to defeat the Eagles by a 61-59 tally.
Burkholder's 27 led all scorers, while Logan and Hottinger each pitched in eight for the Eagles in a losing effort. Logan also dished out four assists and was named to the all-tournament team.
On the glass, junior Emileigh Lambert led the Eagles with a team-high seven boards.
Greensboro had a trio of players in double figures. Nikki Wilborn and Richburg who each pitched in 17 points for The Pride. Wilborn turned in a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. The Pride outrebounded BC by a 40-32 gap.
Both teams were nearly identical shooting, with Greensboro holding a slight 40.0-to-39.7 percent edge over the Eagles from the field.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday when the team hosts Averett in the 2009-10 home opener at Nininger Hall. Tip-off from BC is slated for 5:30 p.m.