BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Trailing by eight at the midway point of in the second half, the Bridgewater Eagles went on an 11-0 run to take the lead with eight minutes to play and never looked back as the Eagles defeated visiting Eastern Mennonite (12-5, 7-4 ODAC) 51-48 at Nininger Hall.
In a low-scoring- grind- it-out style game, the Eagles (11-6, 8-5 ODAC) held a 32-31 advantage with 15 and a half minutes remaining in the game before EMU went on a 10-1 run to take the lead at a 41-33 margin with 10:32 to play.
Sparked by the bench play of junior Bianca Booker, the Eagles used an 11 point spurt over the next two minutes to take the lead back at a 44-41 margin with 8:14 remaining. During the 11 point run, Booker netted seven points for the Eagles.
Eastern Mennonite would knot the game up at 44 all off of a Miranda Wolfe bucket with four and change to play but it would be the Eagles outscoring the Royals by a 7-4 tally down the stretch to earn the 51-48 victory.
Junior Jordan Burkholder netted 22 points to lead all scorers, while senior Kristin Bosserman chipped in 11. Burkholder’s 22 points gives the Bridgewater, Va. native her sixth 20-plus point game of the year and her second in a row.
On the glass, a trio of Eagles hauled in a team-high four boards. BC was outrebounded by a 34-to-23 tally.
The tandem of Wolfe and Brittany Snyder each chipped in a dozen to lead the Royals offense. Sara Lamneck led EMU on the glass with 13 boards.
BC outshot EMU by a 41%-to-35% margin, while the Eagles won the turnover battle, forcing 30 Royals miscues, while committing 26.
Bridgewater dominated point in the paint at a 20-to-10 clip, and also controlled the fast break points at an 11-to-2 margin.
The Eagles led at the half by a slim 26-25 score.
BC is back in action on Friday when the squad heads to Guilford. Tip-off from Guilford is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.