BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College shot a blistering 60.5 percent from the field in the first half Sunday afternoon to take a 53-29 lead and the Eagles cruised in the second half for a final 87-46 victory over Salem College in non-conference women's basketball action.
Bridgewater jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on two buckets by Jessica Lam. The Spirits then outscored the Eagles 10-4 to take their only lead of the contest. A jumper by Salem's Kristal Lollis tied the score at 8-8 before a layup by Quintashea Lewis gave the Spirits a two-point lead.
The Eagles then rattled off the next 10 points to take the lead for good. A layup by Lam tied the score at 10-10 and a layup by Heather Cantrell put the Eagles on top, 12-10. Lam then scored the next six points, three when she drove the lane and converted a three-point play and three more on a long-range jumper, making the score 18-10.
Salem closed to within 20-16 before a 23-5 run gave the Eagles a comfortable 43-21 advantage. Cantrell scored six points and Jessi Strom added a pair of 3-pointers to cap the outburst.
Bridgewater received solid production off the bench in the closing minutes of the half as Jessalyn Monday hit two buckets and Kara Campbell added a layup as the Eagles went to the break, leading 53-29.
Bridgewater made 23-of-38 shots in the first 20 minutes, including a 3-for-3 mark from 3-point range. The Eagles also dominated the boards by a 26-12 margin in the first half.
All five Bridgewater starters scored in double figures. Lam led the way with 15 points with 14 of those in the first half. Cantrell and Cassidy Burkholder scored 14 points each while Strom and Oshene Kelly each tallied 11 points. Monday, with eight points and six rebounds, and Kaitlyn Lehan with nine points and five boards, provided solid play off the Eagles bench. D'Anna Dawson also hit the boards, finishing with six rebounds. Bridgewater finished the game with a decisive 60-43 edge on the glass.
The Eagles cooled off in the second half, shooting 37.1 percent, but finished the game with an impressive 49.3 percent shooting effort. The Spirits struggled throughout the game from the floor, making just 25.3 percent. In the second half, Salem made just 6-of-41 shots, 14.6 percent.
With the victory, Bridgewater evened its overall record at 5-5. Salem dropped to 1-8.
The Eagles return to action Tuesday evening when they host Hollins in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest. Game time is 7 p.m.