LYNCHBURG, Va. - Bridgewater College secured a home-game in the opening round of the ODAC women's basketball tournament with a hard-fought 73-64 victory at Randolph College to close out the regular season.
The Eagles finish the season with a 12-12 overall record and an 8-8 mark in conference play. Tournament seedings and first-round matchups will be announced by the ODAC office following the conclusion of Saturday action.
The WildCats matched the Eagles in the first two quarters as the teams went to the half tied at 34-34.
A 3-pointer by Maura McMahon gave the WildCats a four-point lead, 39-34, early in the second half, but a 3-pointer by Rebecca Harvey and two buckets by Nina Novosel put the Eagles on top 42-41. Another bucket by Novosel made it 44-41 before Kalyn Banks scored to pull Randolph back to within one, 44-43.
The Eagles' lead was still a single point when Sydni Carey took a pass from Madison Baum and knocked down a 3-pointer with just seven seconds left in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 50-46 lead heading into the final quarter.
A three-point play by Daijah Johnson trimmed the margin back to one, 50-49, early in the fourth quarter, but Jessalyn Monday answered with a 3-pointer to push the margin back to four, 53-49.
Two buckets by Brianna Moore put the Eagles up by eight, but Banks scored for the WildCats to cut the deficit to 57-51. After Novosel added a bucket for the Eagles, Taylor Samuels hit from long range to pull Randolph to within five, 59-54, at the midway point of quarter.
The WildCats refused to go away and a layup and two free throws by Johnson made it a two-point game, 64-62, with 2:27 left.
Moore carried the Eagles to the finish line, scoring the team's final nine points of the game to close out the 73-64 victory.
Harvey and Moore led the Eagles as each finished with 21 points. Harvey carried the scoring load in the first three quarters, scoring 19 points as Moore was unable to get untracked at the offensive end. Moore was 1-for-9 with just six points in the first three quarters, but she made 5-of-6 shots and scored 15 of her points in the final 10 minutes. Novosel added 11 points, her second straight game in double figures.
Johnson led the WildCats with 18 points, followed by McMahon with 15 and Banks with 14.
The Eagles used a rebound-by-committee effort to hold a slim 40-37 edge on the boards. Moore, Novosel and point guard Madison Baum each pulled down eight rebounds. Baum also dished out seven assists to set a new program record for assists in a season by a freshman. Baum now has 134 assists this season, breaking the previous mark of 132 set by Heather Landes during the 1996-97 season.