WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Bridgewater's late fourth-quarter rally came up short Tuesday evening as the Eagles dropped a 76-72 non-conference contest at Waynesburg.
Bridgewater (1-3) led 16-12 after the first quarter, but a late run by Waynesburg put the hosts on top at the half. The Eagles took their first lead, 6-4, on a layup by Briana Moore. Trailing 10-8, Bridgewater pulled even on a layup by Allie Coburn and then regained the lead, 12-10, on a jumper by Nina Novosel. Another Novosel jumper made it 14-10 before Mackenna Drazich hit a pair of free throws to pull the Yellow Jackets to within two. Ahlia Moone capped the first-quarter scoring with a layup to put the Eagles ahead 16-12.
A 3-pointer by Eagles' rookie Chyna Roberts with 4:44 left in the second quarter put the Eagles on top 23-22, but Bridgewater did not score from the field during the remainder of the half and an 8-1 run gave Waynesburg a 30-25 lead at the break.
Moore opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and a free throw by Novosel cut the deficit to one 30-29. The rest of the third quarter turned into a shootout with Waynesburg outscoring the Eagles 31-19 to open a 13-point lead, 61-48, at the end of three quarters.
Waynesburg led by as many as 17 points in the final quarter, 72-55, before the late Eagles run cut the final margin to four points. Bridgewater outscored the Yellow Jackets 17-4 during the final four minutes of play.
The Eagles trailed 74-58 when Moone converted a 3-point play with 58 seconds left. An offensive foul gave the ball back to the Eagles and two free throws by Moone made it 74-63. A steal by Moone led to a layup by Moore and the margin was under 10, 74-65, with 47 seconds to go. Another steal, this one by Kaitlyn Lehan led to a pair of free throws by Madison Baum as the margin dwindled to seven points with 43 seconds. Another turnover gave the Eagles a chance to pull closer, but Moore missed a 3-pointer and the Yellow Jackets controlled the rebound. Anna Bartman then hit two foul shots with 19 seconds left for a 76-67 Waynesburg lead. A 3-pointer by Moore cut the margin to six, but the Eagles ran out of time as a layup by Baum just before the buzzer sliced the final margin to four, 76-72.
Moone led the Eagles with 17 points and Moore added 15. Baum scored 10 points and dished out six assists.
The battle on the boards was nearly even with the hosts holding a 40-39 edge. The difference came from 3-point range where Waynesburg made 9-of-21 shots.
The Eagles are off for the Thanksgiving break and will return to action next Tuesday when they travel to Roanoke College.