BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Senior Jordan Burkholder (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) posted a game-high 30 points and the Bridgewater Eagles defense forced 29 Eastern Mennonite turnovers as the Eagles took final game of the season series with the Royals by an 85-80 tally on Tuesday night in Nininger Hall.
Eastern Mennonite scored the game's first two points off of a Danielle Rittenhouse jumper, after a combined five turnovers plagued the game's first two minutes.
Bridgewater scored seven of the next eight points to gain a 7-3 lead with 14:46 to go in the first half, before the Royals cut the Eagles lead to two off of a pair of Kala Yoders free throws.
The Eagles followed the EMU free throws with a 10-5 run over the next three and a half minutes to build a 17-9 lead with 11:11 to go in the opening frame.
Eastern Mennonite was able to get the lead back down to five points after trading scores with the Eagles before seeing Bridgewater own a 31-21 lead with four and change to play in the first half.
Over the final four minutes of the opening session, the Royals used a 15-7 run to chip the Bridgewater lead to a 38-36 halftime score.
In the first half, Burkholder led the way with 10 points.
Both teams traded scores out of the intermission, before a quick eight-point outburst from the Eagles put them up 14 at a 54-40 margin with 14:33 to play in the game.
Eastern Mennonite refused to go away though, as the Royals widdled the Bridgewater lead down to six points at a 63-57 margin with just under eight minutes to play.
Bridgewater responded with a 10-2 run, to push the Eagles lead back to a 73-59 margin with 5:57 to play, before another run from the Royals brought EMU to within five with 1:42 remaining.
Over the remaining 1:42 of the game, the Eagles converted on 9-of-12 free throw attempts to seal the deal, pushing Bridgewater to a season sweep of EMU with an 85-80 victory.
Burkholder was impressive, turning in an 8-of-16 performance from the field and a perfect 14-of-14 showing from the charity stripe. The Bridgewater, Va. native left the game in the final minute with an undisclosed injury and finished the game with 30 points, and five steals.
Sophomore Jessica Mullen (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley) was also impressive for the Bridgewater offense, posting a 20-point outing, including a 3-of-6 performance from three point land.
On the glass, Burkholder and junior Jenny Logan (Luray, Va./Luray) led the way with a team-high five rebounds each.
Eastern Mennonite was led by an 18-point effort from Rittenhouse. The guard went 7-of-12 from the field, including a 2-for-4 performance from beyond the arc to lead three Royals in double figures.
On the glass, Yoders led the way with a game-high nine rebounds as the Royals out-rebounded the Eagles by a slim 38-to-34 margin.
For the game, Bridgewater shot a blistering 51.8% from the field, while the Royals shot at a 44.6% clip.
Bridgewater now sits at 13-3 on the season, and returns to action on Friday night when it travels to Lynchburg. Action against the Hornets is slated for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.