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Second-Half Surge Pushes Eagles Past W&L, 73-63



BRIDGEWATER, Va.
– Bridgewater College outscored Washington and Lee 27-9 during the final 11:31 of the game Saturday afternoon to take a 73-63 victory in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women's basketball action.

Both teams are now 7-7 in conference play. Bridgewater is 12-10 overall while the Generals drop to 14-8.

The teams traded 3-point shots to open the game with Paige Corvino connecting for W&L and Tyler Pinder answering for the Eagles. The score was tied at 5-5 and 7-7 before buckets by Cassidy Burkholder and Heather Cantrell gave Bridgewater an 11-7 lead.

The score was tied three more times before the Generals regained the lead. A 3-pointer by Jackie Clifford knotted the score at 20-20 and a 12-footer by Shelbi Hendricks put W&L on top 22-20. Andrea Ferrero connected on a 3-pointer from the left corner, giving W&L a 25-20 lead with 8:20 left in the first half.

Layups by Oshene Kelly and Cantrell pulled the Eagles to within a point, but the Generals scored the next five points to lead 30-24 with 6:31 on the first-half clock.

The lead stayed at six until a jump-hook in the lane by Kaitlyn Lehan and a layup by Cantrell sliced the W&L lead to two, 32-30. W&L's Annie Gauf made two free throws, but Cantrell tallied again for the Eagles. A driving layup by W&L's Corvino pushed the lead back to four before Burkholder hit two free throws with five seconds left, cutting the W&L advantage to two, 36-34, at halftime.

Bridgewater regained the lead with a strong 7-2 start to open the second half. Gauf and Burkholder traded buckets before a baseline jumper by Pinder tied the score. Strom knocked down a 3-pointer on the Eagles next possession for a 41-38 Bridgewater lead with 17:16 left in the game.

The lead didn't last long as a three-point play by Hendricks tied the score and a 3-pointer by Clifford propelled the Generals to a 44-41 advantage.

W&L took its biggest lead of the second half when a layup by Gauf and two foul shots by Clifford made the score 54-46 with 11:31 remaining.

The Eagles responded with a key 6-0 spurt to keep the Generals from pulling away. Kelly worked the paint for a layup and Cantrell powered inside and scored while being fouled. Cantrell missed the foul shot, but the rebound went out of bounds after being touched by a W&L player and possession remained with the Eagles. Kelly then scored from in close and the Eagles trailed by just two, 54-52, with 10:14 left.

After a bucket by Clifford, Strom and W&L's Ailyn Kelly traded 3-pointers as the Generals maintained a four-point lead, 59-55, with 6:47 to play.

Bridgewater then stormed past the Generals with a 13-0 run as the visitors failed to score for almost six minutes.

A layup by Cantrell trimmed the margin to two and a pair of free throws by Strom tied the score. Oshene Kelly then found Kara Campbell on a backdoor cut and Campbell banked in the layup, giving Bridgewater a 61-59 lead with 4:51 left.

Two foul shots by Campbell pushed the margin to four and a baseline jumper by Strom gave the Eagles a 65-59 lead with 2:24 on the clock. Two foul shots by Burkholder increased the margin to eight and Campbell added 1-of-2 at the line for a 68-59 lead with 55 seconds left.

A layup by Hendricks broke the extended Generals' scoring drought, making the score 68-61 with 50 seconds left. Bridgewater turned the ball over and W&L's Alena Hamrick was fouled while shooting. Hamrick hit 1-of-2 at the line to trim the Eagles' lead down to six, 68-62 with 31 seconds remaining.

Bridgewater made 5-of-8 foul shots the rest of the way to finish off the 73-63 victory.

Strom hit 4-of-7 shots from 3-point range and led the Eagles with 20 points. Cantrell contributed a double-double, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Burkholder scored 11 points and Kelly added 10 for the Eagles.

Clifford paced the W&L offense with 18 points and Corvino scored 10.

Cantrell's work on the glass paced the Eagles to a 43-36 rebounding advantage. Bridgewater shot 46.4 percent from the floor and made 5-of-11 3-point attempts. W&L hit 40.3 percent from the field and made 8-of-18 shots from long range. The Generals made 6-of-10 3-point shots in the first half, but hit just 2-of-8 from long range in the final 20 minutes.

The Eagles return to action Tuesday evening when they host rival Eastern Mennonite. Game time is 7:00 p.m.