ASHLAND, Va. – Jessica Lam made two free throws with seven seconds left in overtime Saturday afternoon as Bridgewater erased a six-point deficit in the final two minutes of the extra session to defeat Methodist 83-81 on the second day of the Randolph-Macon Tip-Off Tournament.
The Eagles took advantage of career days from Cassidy Burkholder and Lam to improve to 2-1 on the season. Burkholder, who was named to the all-tournament team, notched a double-double with a career-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds. She also had three assists and five steals. Lam also posted a career high with 26 points while adding five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Heather Cantrell also had a productive outing with her double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Bridgewater trailed by six after a high-scoring first half, 42-36, but the Eagles hit the Monarchs with a 14-2 blitz to start the second half, putting the Eagles on top 50-44.
Burkholder and Lam opened the second half with jumpers before a short jumper by Maria Jones put the Methodist lead at 44-40. A layup by Lam and a jumper by Burkholder tied the score and then Lam drove the lane for another layup, giving Bridgewater its first lead of the second half, 46-44. Burkholder capped the run with four straight points for a 50-44 Eagles lead with 14:38 left in the game.
A layup by Burkholder and two foul shots by Lam gave the Eagles their biggest lead to the game, 56-48.
Kaitlyn Lehan's bucket kept the Bridgewater lead at eight, 58-50, but the Monarchs used a 12-3 run to regain the lead, 62-61, with 5:40 remaining. Lehan played just five minutes, but the Eagles freshman scored six points and pulled down six boards.
Bridgewater led by three, 67-64, with 3:57 left, but a three-point play by Methodist guard Alexis Wallace tied the score at 67 apiece. After Burkholder made 1-of-2 at the foul line, forward Ayanna Pegues, who led Methodist with 27 points and 13 rebounds, converted a three-point play, giving the Monarchs a 70-68 advantage with 3:14 to play.
The teams traded empty trips until Cantrell hit two foul shots with 1:55 remaining to tie the score at 70-70. After the Monarchs missed at their end, Jessi Strom knocked down a jumper to put the Eagles out front, 72-70, with 1:14 to go. Pegues answered with a jumper at the 51 second mark to pull the Monarchs even at 72-72.
The teams traded missed opportunities with the Eagles having the final shot to win in regulation. Cantrell's jumper at the buzzer was off target, sending the game to overtime tied at 72-72.
Bridgewater struck first in the extra session on a bucket by Burkholder, but the Monarchs reeled off an 8-0 spurt to lead 80-74 with 1:42 left on the clock. Jones sparked the Methodist run with a 3-pointer and two foul shots.
After Pegues made 1-for-2 foul shots with 1:42 left to push the lead to six, the Eagles closed the game with a 9-1 flurry to rally past the Monarchs.
Burkholder hit two foul shots for the Eagles, but Jasmine Canady made 1-of-2 at the line for the Monarchs, making the score 81-76. Lam converted a three-point play with 1:24 left and her steal with 18 seconds left led to two foul shots by Burkholder to tie the score at 81-81.
On the next possession, Gabrielle Spinner came up with a big steal and the Monarchs fouled Lam with seven seconds remaining. The Eagles sophomore hit both free throws and Pegues missed a jumper at the buzzer as the Eagles escaped with the 83-81 win.
Bridgewater held the edge on the boards with a 46-41 rebounding margin. The Eagles were stellar at the foul line as their 38-of-45 effort (84.4 percent) was the difference in the game.
The Eagles will complete their gauntlet of three road games in three days when they travel to the Nation's Capital on Sunday afternoon to play Catholic. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.