BRIDGEWATER – Bridgewater College scored the first 10 points of the game Monday night and never looked back as the Eagles defeated Roanoke College, 86-68, in the first round of the ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament.
With the victory, the Eagles, now 13-12 on the season, advance to Thursday's quarterfinals where they will face Randolph-Macon, the tournament's No. 2 seed. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.
Briana Moore worked inside for the first bucket of the game and Rebecca Harvey knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Eagle up 8-0 with just one minute off the clock. Moore then drove the paint for another basket to give Bridgewater a 10-0 lead.
Kayla Kinsler put the Maroons on the scoreboard and Laura McManimen hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half at 10-5. Bridgewater's Ahlia Moone and Roanoke's Kinsler traded hoops before a 3-pointer by Moore put the lead at 15-7 with 4:02 left in the opening quarter.
Madeline Suhr scored for Roanoke, but a jumper by Harvey and a layup by Moore pushed the margin back to double figures, 19-9. The Maroons pulled to within 19-12, but Moore hit two foul shots with five seconds left, giving the Eagles a 21-12 lead after one quarter.
The Eagles scorched the nets in the second quarter, scoring 32 points to open up a 53-29 lead at the half.
Bridgewater scored the first seven points of the second quarter to open up a 28-12 lead. Monday hit a short jumper and Moore worked inside for a layup to make it 25-12. Monday then hit from long range to increase the margin to 16 points with 8:06 left in the second quarter.
The Eagles continued to pad the lead and led by 22 when Harvey worked inside and converted a three-point play, making the score 48-26 with 1:17 left in the quarter. Roanoke's Megan Wheeler and Harvey exchanged hoops before Roanoke's Jayla Faison made 1-for-2 at the line, making the score 50-29. Bridgewater's Chyna Roberts buried a 3-pointer from left corner just before the buzzer, sending the Eagles to the break with a 53-29 lead.
The halftime break did little to cool the Eagles off as Harvey opened the second half with a 3-point play and Moone added a 3-pointer to push the lead to 59-29.
Bridgewater ended the third quarter with its biggest lead of the night when Moore knocked down an open 3-pointer in the final minute to put the Eagles up, 79-37.
Moore scored a game-high 23 points, 17 in the first half, to pace four Eagles in double figures. Harvey scored 18 points while Monday and Moone each finished with 12. Freshman point guard Madison Baum scored just two points, but she dished out 10 assists and turned the ball over just once in 18 minutes. Sydney Carey added eight points and seven assists while Nina Novosel led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.
Kinsler led the Maroons with 18 points and Jessica Louros came off the bench to score 13. Victoria Maxwell added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.