LYNCHBURG, Va. – Behind a 42-12 discrepancy in the paint and a 20-point outing from senior Jordan Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va.Turner Ashby), the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team defeated the Randolph Wildcats by a 77-62 score to earn their fifth straight victory.
Randolph struck first taking an early advantage off of a free throw from Olivia Johnson before a Bianca Booker (Blackstone, Va./Nottoway) jumper with 18 and change to play gave the Eagles the lead for the first time in the game.
Bridgewater built its lead to five at a 10-5 tally with 13:53 to play in the first half before a 7-0 spurt from Randolph put the WildCats ahead by a 12-10 score with just under 12 to play in the opening frame.
The two teams traded scores and also exchanged the lead twice over the next two minutes before the Eagles regained the lead with 9:55 to play on a layup from the hands of freshman forward Rebecca Reifsnider (Keymar, Md./Home Schooled) to put Bridgewater up 20-19.
Reifsnider's layup kicked off a 13-0 run for the Eagles which put Bridgewater up by a 31-19 score with 7:26 to play in the first half.
Randolph made one final first half run to cut the Bridgewater lead to single-digits, but it was the Eagles holding a 42-33 halftime lead over the host WildCats.
Bridgewater exploded in the first half with 26 points in the paint to own a 26-8 difference in the inside game. The Eagles also owned a 17-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
Randolph cut the Bridgewater lead to seven at a 44-37 tally with 17:29 to play before the Eagles effectively put the game away with a 16-3 run over the next six minutes to build a 60-40 lead. Burkholder sparked the Eagles during the outburst, scoring nine of the 16 points. Freshman Holly Morgan (Staunton, Va./Buffalo Gap) also chipped in four points for the Eagles during the spurt.
But Randolph wasn't finished. The WildCats made one last ditch effort when a pair of Johnson free throws opened a 12-5 Randolph run to chip the lead to 13 with 7:43 remaining in the game.
Bridgewater outpaced the WildCats down the stretch, building the lead back to 19 on two occasions before rolling to a 77-62 road win at Randolph.
Burkholder paced the Bridgewater offense with a game-high 20 points in just 24 minutes of action. The Bridgewater, Va. native also pulled down eight boards and dished out a team-high five assists in the win. Junior Jenny Logan (Luray, Va./Luray) tossed in an additional 11 points for the Eagles as the team shot an even 40% on the game.
On the glass, sophomore Katelynn Hottinger (Linville, Va./Broadway) pulled down a team- high nine rebounds as the Eagles owned a 48-to-43 rebounding edge.
Randolph was led by 18 points from Johnson, while Lauren French chipped in 14 in a losing effort.
Forward Sam Sublett led the WildCats on the glass with a game-high 10 boards.
Bridgewater forced 27 Randolph turnovers, which turned into 28 Bridgewater points, while the team also owned a startling 42-12 edge in the points in the paint department.
With finals week looming, the Eagles are off this coming week but will be back in action on December 14 when they travel to Averett. Tip time against the Cougars is slated for 5:30 p.m.