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Quakers Slip Past Eagles, 83-80

Bridgewater's Allie Coburn drives the baseline.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Guilford College outscored Bridgewater 32-14 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead and the Quakers held on for an 83-80 ODAC victory Saturday afternoon in Nininger Hall.

Bridgewater (6-3, 3-2 in the ODAC) trailed 21-16 after one quarter, but rallied to take the lead at the half.

Guilford (6-3, 4-1 in the ODAC) held a 31-25 lead at the midway point of the second quarter, but a 3-pointer by Rebecca Harvey and a jumper by Madison Baum pulled the Eagles to within a point, 31-30.

Victoria Young hit a jumper for the Quakers before Briana Moore knocked down a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles even at 33-33.

Moore's 3-pointer was the beginning of a 10-0 Bridgewater run to end the half. Allie Coburn's layup gave the Eagles the lead and Baum drove the lane for a layup, making the score 37-33. Moore hit another 3-ball with 39 seconds left in the half, giving the Eagles a 40-33 lead at the break.

Guilford opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run to take a 45-44 lead. Julie Carini's layup put the Quakers ahead with 5:18 left in the quarter.

The Quakers led 57-54 with 1:42 left in the quarter, but an 8-0 run by the visitors to end the period gave Guilford a 65-54 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Bridgewater battled back and opened the final quarter with a 17-5 run to pull within a point. The Eagles trailed by 10 points when Erika Nettles scored back-to-back buckets to trim the margin to six points. Moore followed a 3-pointer with a layup to pull the Eagles to within 71-70 with 5:11 left in the game.

The Quakers built the margin back to seven points with a 6-0 spurt. Lindsay Gauldin scored inside and Miracle Walters added a layup for a six-point Quakers lead. Gauldin then hit 1-of-2 at the line for a 77-70 Guilford advantage with 3:40 remaining.

Nettles and Carini traded hoops before a 3-pointer by Ahlia Moone pulled the Eagles back to within four points, 79-75 with 2:49 left.

After a Quakers' turnover, Moore scored off a dish from Baum to make it a two-point game, 79-77, with 2:06 left.

The Eagles came up with a defensive stop and Moore hit a long 3-pointer to put Bridgewater up by a point, 80-79 with 57 seconds remaining on the clock.

Carini missed a short jumper for the Quakers, but Gauldin grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to give Guilford the lead with 33 seconds left.

Bridgewater's Sydni Carey got a good look at a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go, but her shot was just long and Guilford's Calyn Davis controlled the rebound. Davis was fouled and hit both free throws with seven seconds left, giving the Quakers a three-point, 83-80 lead.

Bridgewater was out of timeouts and had to go the length of the floor and the Quakers had three fouls to give. After Guilford fouled with five seconds left, the Eagles inbounded the ball in the backcourt, but turned it over as the Quakers escaped with the 3-point win.

Moore hit 5-of-9 3-point attempts and led the Eagles with 23 points. Rebecca Harvey also reached double figures with 17 points. Madison Baum tied her career high with 11 assists while turning the ball over just once. Allie Coburn just missed a double-double, finishing with eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The Eagles also got solid production from its bench as Lindsay Estes tallied nine points, followed by Nettles with eight and Moone with seven.

Walters made 12-of-14 field goal attempts to lead the Quakers with 28 points. Gauldin added a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Eagles return home Friday evening for their final home game before the holiday break when they host Apprentice School at 6:00 p.m. The contest is the team's annual Toy Drive Game and all fans bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the game will receive free admission.