ASHLAND, Va. – Randolph-Macon outscored Bridgewater College 24-12 during the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 14-point lead and the Yellow Jackets maintained the advantage in the second half for an 87-75 victory Saturday in Old Dominion Athletic Conference women's basketball action.
Randolph-Macon completes the regular season with a 20-4 overall record and a 13-3 record in the conference. The Eagles finish with a 12-12 overall record and a 7-9 ODAC mark.
The teams traded points for the first 12 minutes of the game. Bridgewater trailed by just two, 20-18, when Heather Cantrell scored inside with 8:03 left in the half.
The Yellow Jackets then used an 8-0 spurt to push the margin to 10 points. Macon's Amber Lee and Cantrell traded hoops before another jumper by Lee made the score 32-22. Katie Anderson then worked the paint and converted a three-point for a 35-32 Randolph-Macon lead with 4:10 left in the half. Macon's offense continued to click as a layup by Caroline Young made the score 37-22.
Strom hit a jumper for the Eagles, but Hannah Livermon knocked down a 3-pointer, giving the Yellow Jackets a 40-24 lead.
The Eagles trimmed the margin to 12 in the final minute on a Strom jumper, but Macon's Stephanie Staples scored from down low with 12 seconds left, giving the hosts a 44-30 advantage at the break.
Jessica Lam scored seven points early in the second half and her layup with 16:33 left, pulled the Eagles to within 52-39. Jumpers by Livermon and Sarah Parsons pushed the Macon advantage to 17 points, 56-39, at the 15:43 mark.
Bridgewater pulled to within 12, 63-51, on a pair of Kaitlyn Lehan foul shots with 11 minutes left, but the Eagles could get no closer.
Randolph-Macon took its biggest lead when a 3-ball by Parsons made the score 85-64, with just 2:30 left.
Oshene Kelly posted a double-double to lead the Eagles as she finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cantrell added 15 points and Burkholder scored 12. Lehan came off the bench and scored a season-high 12 points. She also contributed eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Livermon led the Yellow Jackets with 23 points and Parsons was close behind with 21.
Bridgewater will be back in action Tuesday evening in the opening round of the ODAC women's basketball tournament. The Eagles will host a first-round game with the opponent to be announced following the conclusion of weekend action.