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Eagles Pull Away For 79-49 Victory Over Randolph

Nina Novosel grabbed eight rebounds and added four steals in the win over Randolph

BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater College outscored Randolph College 22-13 in the second period to take a 15-point halftime lead and the Eagles coasted the rest of the way to a 79-49 victory Wednesday evening in ODAC women's basketball action.

The Eagles held the visitors to just 21 points in the second half to pull away for the victory.

The teams traded buckets until a 7-0 spurt put the Eagles ahead 13-6. Briana Moore hit two foul shots to put the Eagles up 8-6 before Sydni Carey converted a three-point play, making the score 11-6. Moore added a baseline jumper with 2:36 left in the quarter for a 13-6 Bridgewater advantage.

A 3-pointer by Rebecca Harvey put the Eagles up by 10 points, but Randolph's Maura McMahon answered with a 3-pointer to pull the WildCats to within seven at 18-11. Inside baskets by Breyanna Rice and Taylor Samuels sliced the Eagles lead to three, but Harvey knocked down a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the quarter to put the Eagles on top 21-15.

A jumper by the WildCats' Sarah Wright trimmed the deficit back to three, 25-22, early in the second quarter, but a 3-pointer by Moore and a 15-footer by Madison Baum pushed the margin to 30-22. After a short jumper in the lane by Rice, Jessalyn Monday and Harvey worked the paint for easy buckets as the lead grew back to double figures, 34-24, with 5:45 left in the second quarter.

The lead stayed at 10 until Monday hit 1-of-2 at the line and Moore scored inside, making the score 39-26 at the 2:51 mark of the quarter.

A layup by Carey put the lead at 15 points before Randolph's Samuels hit two foul shots to trim the margin to 41-28. The Eagles added a bucket just before the buzzer on an inbounds play when Carey dished to Monday for an easy layup to give the Eagles a 43-28 lead at the break.

The lead was 14 early in the third quarter before a 6-0 flurry put the Eagles on top by 20 points. Baum connected on an elbow jumper and Nina Novosel followed with a 15-footer along the baseline, making the score 50-32. Moore tacked on two foul shots for a 52-32 edge with 3:37 left in the quarter.

Samuels and Moore traded hoops before a layup by Bridgewater center Helen Counts put the Eagles up 56-34. Carey hit 3-of-4 foul shots for a 59-36 lead and two free throws by Moore made it 61-38 at the end of three quarters.

Harvey poured in 16 points in the first half and finished with 21 points to pace the Eagles. Moore scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Carey added 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. Novosel had one of her best games of the season off the bench, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds and four steals.

McMahon and Jade Jarvis each scored 13 points to lead the Randolph offense.

Bridgewater, now 9-8 overall and 5-4 in the ODAC returns to action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles travel to play Lynchburg College. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.