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Third-Quarter Outburst Sparks Eagles Past Builders

Lindsay Estes drives to the basket.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater College outscored Apprentice School 24-11 in the third quarter to open up a 19-point lead and the Eagles went on to defeat the Builders, 85-66, Friday evening in non-conference women's basketball action at Nininger Hall.

The Eagles received strong production from the bench as the reserves combined for 38 points, 23 rebounds and seven assists.

Sophomore guard Ahlia Moone came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points as she paced four Eagles in double figures. Freshman forward Lindsay Estes added 13 points off the bench and also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Sophomore post player Claire Mocarski had her best game of the season, finishing with eight points and six rebounds. Seniors Briana Moore and Allie Coburn also reached double figures as each finished with 15 points. Moore led the Eagles with nine rebounds and Coburn pulled down seven boards as the Eagles finished with a 53-40 advantage on the boards. Sophomore point guard Madison Baum turned in a strong floor game with eight points and five assists while turning the ball over just one time. Freshman Erika Nettles made her first career start and finished with seven points and four rebounds.

Five Apprentice players reached double figures with Aquazia Jones leading the way with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Latrice Washington added 14 points, followed by Alexis Wethington with 12, Sabre Clegg with 11 and Jordan Wilson with 10 points.

The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead with a steal and layup by Estes giving the hosts a 7-2 advantage. The Builders hung close and trailed by just one, 15-14, on a layup by Wethington with 3:22 left in the first quarter.

Moone then hit from 3-point range and, following a miss by the Builders, Moone scored again, this time on a layup to put the Eagles up 20-14. The Builders closed to within two, 20-18, before two foul shots by Coburn and a layup by Estes gave Bridgewater a 24-18 lead. Wethington made two foul shots to pull Apprentice back to within four, 24-20, at the end of the first quarter.

The Eagles could not shake free from the Builders in the second quarter as cold shooting (6-of-19 from the floor) and six turnovers plagued Bridgewater.

Apprentice trailed by just two, 34-32, when Moore hit a long 3-pointer to put the Eagles up 37-32 with 2:42 left in the half. Washington scored for the Builders, but Moone tallied from long range to put the Eagles ahead 40-34 with 1:50 on the clock. Moone's 3-pointer turned out to be the final points of the half as the Eagles took the six-point lead to the break.

Layups by Coburn and Nettles pushed the Eagles' lead to double figures, 44-34, in the opening minute of the third quarter. Jones scored from long range for the Builders, but Coburn answered with a 3-pointer to keep the lead at 10 points. Coburn's 3-pointer was the start of an 18-0 run by the Eagles that broke the game open.

A layup by Baum pushed the margin to 12 points before a 3-pointer by Estes and a 12-footer by Moore gave Bridgewater a 54-37 lead. Moone scored on a driving layup and Estes hit another 3-ball for a 59-37 Eagles lead with 2:45 left in the third quarter. Moone then capped the 18-0 run with a 3-pointer from the left wing, giving the Eagles a 62-37 lead with 1:56 left on the third-quarter clock. 

The Eagles, now 7-3 on the season, return to action on Sunday afternoon when they make the short trip to Staunton, Va., to play Mary Baldwin in the team's final outing before taking a break for the holidays. Bridgewater will return to Nininger Hall on Jan. 2 to host Emory & Henry in a conference matchup.