BRIDGEWATER – Bridgewater College put up its highest point total of the season Tuesday night as the Eagles outscored Washington and Lee, 99-92, at Nininger Hall in ODAC women's basketball action.
The Eagles set the tone early, taking a 24-15, lead after one quarter, but the Generals answered with a huge second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 31-21 to lead by one at halftime, 46-45. Bridgewater poured in 54 points in the second half, 27 in each quarter, to take the ODAC victory.
The victory pushed the Eagles above the .500 mark at 7-6 overall and 3-2 in the ODAC. W&L drops to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
The Eagles closed the first period with a 5-2 spurt to take their nine-point lead, but the Generals outscored the hosts 7-0 in the first minute of the second quarter to close the gap to two- 24-22.
Madison Baum broke the early second quarter drought with a 15-footer for the Eagles, but Katie Popp, who scored 17 points in the first half, knocked down a 3-pointer to pull W&L to within a point, 26-25. Another 3-pointer by Popp gave the Generals their first lead of the game, 28-26, with 7:38 left in the first half.
The Eagles regained the lead on a layup by Ahlia Moone and a jumper by Briana Moore to go up 30-28. During the rest of the half, the score was tied nine times. Bridgewater broke a 43-43 tie with a layup from Nina Novosel, but Generals' guard Emily Perszyk converted a three-point play with nine seconds left in the half to send the Generals to the locker room with a 46-45 lead.
Bridgewater opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a six-point lead. Kaitlyn Lehan made 1-of-2 foul shots and Jessalyn Monday scored inside to put the Eagles ahead 48-46. Moore scored the next two buckets, giving Bridgewater a 52-46 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter.
The teams traded hoops until baskets by Baum and Novosel pushed the Eagles ahead 58-50 midway through the third quarter.
The Eagles led by as many as nine points before the Generals battled back. Perszyk hit four foul shots in the final minute of the quarter and Taylor Casey added 1-of-2 at the line as W&L sliced the deficit to just three points, 72-69, heading into the final quarter.
Two foul shots by Andy Smithey pulled W&L to within a point before Moore knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Eagles up by four, 75-71, with 9:37 left in the game.
W&L pulled to within a songle point three separate times, but the Generals were unable to overtake the Eagles. Two free throws by Perszyk with 4:25 remaining made the score 84-83, the final time the Generals were as close as one point.
After Perszyk missed a layup in traffic, Moore scored inside to put the Eagles ahead by seven. Emma Redding posted up and converted a layup and Popp added 1-of-2 at the line to pull W&L to within four, 90-86 with 56 seconds left to play.
The Generals were forced to foul and Bridgewater iced the game from the foul line, hitting 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to put the finishing touches on the 99-92 victory.
Moore paced five Eagles in double figures with 22 points. Harvey and Lehan each scored 15 points, followed by Baum with 14 and Monday with 11. Carey pitched in with nine points and Moone scored eight.
W&L had three players reach the 20-point mark with Redding leading the way with 23. Popp scored 22 and Perszyk finished with 21. Erin Hughes added 14 for the Generals.
Bridgewater held a 41-32 edge on the glass with Lehan leading the team with eight rebounds. Ailyn Kelly grabbed seven boards for the Generals.
Bridgewater shot 52.3 percent from the field, making 34-of-65 shots. The Eagles hit 80.6 percent from the foul line where they made 29-of-36 shots.
The Eagles are back in action Saturday when they make the long road trip to play Emory & Henry College. Bridgewater defeated the Wasps earlier this season, taking a 74-68 win at Nininger Hall. Saturday's game tips off at 3:00 p.m.