SALEM, Va. - Bridgewater College erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon to defeat Roanoke College, 73-68, in ODAC women's basketball action played at the Cregger Center.
The victory was the second straight in conference play for the Eagles, now 2-4 in the ODAC and 9-6 overall.
The Maroons scored the first six points of the final quarter to take a 57-49 lead and the margin was still eight when Jasmine Agee scored from inside, making the score 61-53 with six minutes remaining.
The Eagles started to whittle away at the margin and pulled to within three, 62-59, on Jessalyn Monday's bucket with 4:05 left.
The score was still 62-59 with the clock approaching two minutes when Eagles' sophomore Briana Moore caught fire. Moore drained a 3-pointer from the left wing to pull Bridgewater even with 2:15 left.
After Chris Martin's layup put the Maroons up by two, Moore struck again from beyond the arc, this time from the left corner to give the Eagles a 65-64 lead with 1:14 left. Martin scored again from inside, but once again the Eagles answered, this time on a short jumper by Monday to regain the lead, 67-66, with just 51 seconds remaining.
Roanoke called timeout to move the ball to its offensive end, but Eagles' senior Jessica Lam came up with a big steal to give Bridgewater the basketball with the lead and just 35 seconds remaining.
The Maroons were forced to foul and they sent Moore to the line with 27 seconds left. The Eagles' guard made both free throws for a 69-66 lead.
Roanoke's Jamela Foster then drove the lane for an easy layup to make it a one-point game, 69-68. Once again the Maroons fouled Moore and once again she made both foul shots to put the margin at three, 71-68, with 15 seconds remaning.
Foster then missed a long jumper, but the Eagles were whistled for a foul on the rebound, giving the Maroons another shot to tie. Molly Hassell's long 3-pointer rimmed out and Bridgewater's Allie Coburn grabbed the rebound and was fouled with seven-tenths of a second left. Coburn knocked down both foul shots to put the finishing touches on the 73-68 victory.
Moore matched her career-high by pouring in 27 points. Lam scored 18 points and Monday gave the Eagles a boost off the bench with 12 points. Cary Beahm paced the Maroons with 23 points, but the Roanoke standout was held to just five points in the second half. Martin and Agee scored 10 points each for Roanoke.
Bridgewater held a commanding 50-39 advantage on the boards. Moore completed a double-double with 10 rebounds and Lam added nine boards. Kaitlyn Lehan, who was limited to just 13 minutes due to foul trouble, also made an impact inside with six rebounds and six blocked shots. Monday and Rebecca Harvey helped the Eagles on the glass with six rebounds each.
The Eagles are back in action Tuesday evening when they host rival Eastern Mennonite. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.