RALEIGH, N.C. – Bridgewater College unveiled its new uptempo attack Saturday afternoon to defeat Wiliam Peace University, 92-82, in the non-conference season-opener for the Eagles.
Senior forward Rebecca Harvey paced four Eagles in double figures with 19 points. Briana Moore scored 14 points and point guard Madison Baum filled up the state sheet with 14 points, nine assists and five steals. Freshman forward Lindsay Estes came off the bench and scored 14 points in her collegiate debut. Sydni Carey chipped in with nine points.
The Eagles led most of the game, but could never shake free from the Pacers.
Bridgewater took a seven-point, 68-61, lead into the final quarter, but the Pacers trimmed the margin to four, 73-69, on a layup by Khadijah Daniels with 7:49 left in the game.
Harvey then took over for the Eagles, scoring seven straight points to push the lead to double figures. She scored after grabbing an offensive rebound and then added a pair of free throws to put the Eagles on top 77-69. Ahlia Moone then grabbed a defensive rebound for the Eagles and Harvey knocked down a 3-pointer for an 80-69 Bridgewater lead with 5:40 remaining.
The lead hovered around double digits the rest of the way with the Eagles taking their biggest lead of the game, 88-74, on a layup by Baum with 2:59 left.
The Eagles were outscored 30-12 at the foul line and outrebounded 45-28, but they made up the difference with pressure defense and a hot-shooting from the floor. Bridgewater forced the Pacers into 25 turnovers while turning the ball over just 11 times. The result was 20 more shot attempts for the Eagles. Bridgewater made 37-of-75 field goal attempts for 49.3 percent.
Mikayla Ray paced the Pacers with 34 points and 20 rebounds.
The Eagles are back in action next weekend when they travel to St. Mary's College in Maryland for the Don Greene Memorial Invitational. Bridgewater plays Rosemont on Friday and meets St. Mary's on Saturday.