BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After Bridgewater grabbed the lead early in the fourth quarter, Guilford used a 17-7 run to take a nine-point lead and the Quakers held on down the stretch for a 79-74 victory Saturday afternoon at Nininger Hall.
Guilford (14-5, 8-4 in the ODAC) led for most of the first half and the Quakers were up by six, 31-25, when Jasmine McBride made two foul shots with 4:11 remaining in the second quarter.
Bridgewater (9-11, 5-7 in the ODAC) scored the next five points to pull within one. Carey answered McBride's free throws with a short jumper and Rebecca Harvey knocked down a 3-pointer to slice the margin to 31-30.
After the Quakers missed at the offensive end, Carey made two free throws to put the Eagles up 32-31 with 2:30 left in the half.
The lead then switched sides twice as Miracle Walters scored inside for the Quakers before Carey hit a 15-footer to put the Eagles up 34-33. Walters hit 1-of-2 at the line to tie the score and two foul shots by Kendyl Medlin in the final minute of the quarter sent the Quakers to the locker room with a 36-34 lead.
Guilford got its offense going early in the second half as they opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 12-point lead. Two foul shots by Lauren Ramsey and a three-point play by Walters stretched the margin to seven 41-34. Walters added another three-point play and Julie Carini tacked on a short jumper to put Guilford up 46-34 with eight minutes left in the third quarter. Bridgewater's Jessalyn Monday ended the Guilford run with a 15-footer, but Ramsey worked inside to score on a layup to put the margin back to 12 points.
The Eagles still trailed by 12, 52-40, with 3:19 left in quarter, but a 7-0 spurt put the Eagles back in contention. Monday hit from beyond the arc and Moore scored after grabbing an offensive rebound to pull the Eagles to within 52-45. The teams traded empty possessions until Harvey worked the paint for a bucket to make it 52-47 with just 25 seconds left in the half. After Walters made 1-of-2 at the line for the Quakers, Moore hit two foul shots to pull the Eagles to within four, 53-49, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles continued their surge in the final quarter when Moore knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game, 53-52. Bridgewater then took its only lead of the second half when Moore scored inside off an assist from Madison Baum to put the Eagles up 54-53 with 8:28 left in the game.
The lead didn't last long as Guilford scored on its next possession when Brianna Allen hit from downtown to put the Quakers up 56-54. The Quakers extended the lead as two buckets by Ramsey and a layup by McBride made the score 62-54 with 6:51 remaining.
The teams exchanged buckets with a layup by Harvey cutting the Quakers lead to 66-60. McBride then knocked down a huge 3-pointer and Essence Abraham added two foul shots with 3:59 left to put the Quakers' lead back to double figures at 71-60.
Moore led the Eagles with her first double-double of the season as she finished with 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Moore scored 19 of her points in the second half. Harvey added 21 points and Monday scored a season-high 15.
Walters scored 22 points to top the Quakers with Ramsey close behind with 21.
Bridgewater returns to the court Tuesday evening when the Eagles travel to Ashland, Va., to take on Randolph-Macon. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.