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Eagles Pull Away From Hollins, 81-56

Rebecca Harvey shoots a 3-pointer.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College outscored Hollins 27-15 in the second quarter to lead 43-27 at the break and the Eagles pulled away in the second half for an 81-56 ODAC victory Sunday afternoon at Nininger Hall.

The Eagles opened the second quarter with six straight points to push the lead to double figures. Madison Baum hit a 15-footer and two foul shots and Allie Coburn worked inside for a layup, giving the Eagles a 22-12 lead.

Erin Dietz hit a 3-pointer to put the Eagles on top by 12 points, 29-17, and a layup by Baum pushed the margin to 13 points, 31-18, with 4:22 left in the second quarter. A 3-pointer by Hollins' Sydney Strange trimmed the margin to 10, but Rebecca Harvey converted a three-point play and Sydni Carey knocked down a jumper to put the Eagles up 36-21 with 3:40 left in the half. 

Hollins scored four straight points to move to within 11 points, but two free throws by Briana Moore and a layup by Lindsay Estes jumped the lead back to 15 points, 40-25. After Carey made 1-of-2 at the line, Hollins guard Keenan Surles made two foul shots to cut the margin to 41-27. Harvey hit two free throws with three seconds left on the clock to send the Eagles to the locker room with a 43-27 halftime lead.

Bridgewater outscored the visitors 10-2 in the first two minutes of the third quarter to break the game open. The run started when Harvey and Coburn knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers for a 49-27 lead. After a layup by Hollins' Chesslyn Owens, Carey added two buckets for a 53-29 Eagles' lead with 8:17 left in the third quarter.

After Hollins narrowed the margin to 17 points, 54-37, the Eagles closed the quarter with a 14-3 spurt to take a 28-point lead. Carey's 3-pointer put the lead back to 20 before a layup by Dietz and a 3-ball by Harvey made the score 62-37. After Keenan Surles hit from 3-point range, Estes worked inside and converted a three-point play for a 65-40 Bridgewater lead. Diamond Huskey made two foul shots and Dietz added 1-of-2 at the line in the closing seconds, giving the Eagles a 68-40 lead after three quarters.

Harvey led the Eagles with 18 points in just 17 minutes of action. Estes scored 13 points and Carey added 12. Dietz scored 11 points for her first double-digit scoring game as an Eagle. Coburn added nine points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 45-38 edge on the boards. 

Bridgewater, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the ODAC, returns to action Wednesday evening when the Eagles host nationally-ranked Christopher Newport. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.