LYNCHBURG, Va. – With 11:15 to play, senior Jordan Burkholder broke free on the far side of the court and layed the ball in to become the all-time leading scorer in Bridgewater College women's basketball history as the Eagles escaped a scrappy Lynchburg Hornets team with a 63-59 at Turner Gym.
Burkholder netted 23 points on the night to take over sole possession of the career scoring record, surpassing Melody Derrow, who posted 1,599 career points. Burkholder now has 1,608 career points.
Bridgewater scored the first points of the game before Lynchburg answered with a Caitlyn Falls jumper to knot the score at two each.
The Eagles tallied the game's next six points to build an early 8-2 lead before missed layups allowed Lynchburg to sneak into the game before the Hornets took a 19-18 lead with 7:11 left in the first half.
Bridgewater outscored Lynchburg down the stretch of the first stanza to take a 30-28 halftime advantage.
Burkholder entered the intermission with 13 points, needing just two points to surpass the scoring mark.
Out of the intermission, Bridgewater's woes continued while the Hornets used a 9-2 run to open the frame to build a 37-32 lead over the Eagles with 17:36 to play.
Bridgewater was able to tie the game up on multiple occasions in the second stanza, but a stingy Lynchburg team held a 54-52 lead over the Eagles with Burkholder on the bench with four fouls and five minutes and change to play in the game.
Down the stretch the Eagles outscored Lynchburg 11-to-4 to roll away from Turner Gym with a hard-fought 63-59 win.
Burkholder led the Bridgewater offense with a game-high 23 points. Burkholder knocked in 7-of-16 shots, and went 7-of-8 from the line. Sophomore Jessica Mullen chipped in 18 points for the Eagles on 7-of-9 shooting.
Lynchburg was led by a 14-point effort from Falls, as the forward led three Hornets in double figures.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday night when the team returns to Nininger Hall to take on Roanoke. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.