STAUNTON, Va. - Bridgewater outscored Mary Baldwin 23-11 in the second quarter to open up a 48-37 halftime lead and the Eagles led the rest of the way Sunday afternoon to take an 83-66 victory over the Fighting Squirrels.
Three Bridgewater players posted double-doubles with Briana Moore leading the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Rebecca Harvey added 15 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Erika Nettles finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double effort.
Brooke Anders led the Squirrels (7-5) with 16 points and Leaj Calhoun added 15.
The Eagles trailed 26-25 after one quarter, but scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take a 32-26 lead. Rebecca Harvey hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie the score and Nettles made four straight free throws for a four-point Eagles lead. Moore then worked inside for a layup, making the score 32-26 with 6:18 left in the second quarter.
Leah Calhoun scored four straight points to pull the Squirrels to within two, but the Eagles reeled off seven unanswered points to push the lead to nine. Moore knocked down a 3-pointer and Claire Mocarski added two foul shots and a short jumper to put Bridgewater on top, 39-30. Nicole Mallon scored for Mary Baldwin, but Nettles and Lindsay Estes hit jumpers for the Eagles to push the lead to double figures, 43-32, with 2:07 left in the half.
Mary Baldwin's Brooke Anders and Eagles' point guard Madison Baum traded buckets before a jumper by Calhoun cut the BC lead to nine, 45-36. After Calhoun added a foul shot, Ahlia Moone hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the half to give Bridgewater a 48-37 lead at the break.
Bridgewater took its biggest lead of the third quarter when Moore scored on a mid-range jumper, giving the Eagles a 65-48 lead with 2:04 left in the quarter. Mallon hit a jumper and Anders drained a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 12 points, 65-53, with one quarter left to play.
Moore and Anders exchanged hoops to open the final quarter before a 3-pointer by Harvey put the Eagles up 70-55. Estes added a jumper and Harvey knoced down another 3-ball, giving the Eagles a 20-point cushion, 75-55, 2ith 4:53 left to play. The Squirrels would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way as the Eagles finished off the 83-66 victory.
With the victory, the Eagles head to the holiday break with an 8-3 overall record. The 8-3 record marks the best 11-game start to a season since 2010-11 when the Eagles were 9-2 after 11 games.
Bridgewater will return to action on Jan. 2 when the Eagles host Emory & Henry in ODAC play. Game time is 7:00 p.m.