BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Shenandoah University used a 9-2 run to start the final period to open a 13-point lead and the Hornets led the rest of the way to defeat Bridgewater College, 73-62, in ODAC action Monday evening.
The two teams traded buckets for most of the first period as there were 13 lead changes in the first quarter alone. The Eagles led 7-5 on Rebecca Harvey's 3-pointer, but Ashley Stone answered with a 3-pointer to put the Hornets up 8-7.
Shenandoah took its biggest lead of the quarter, 10-7 on a layup by Jordan Sondrol before layups by Madison Baum and Erika Nettles gave the Eagles an 11-10 edge. The teams then traded buckets the rest of the quarter with the Hornets holding an 18-17 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Eagles opened the second quarter with a 9-2 flurry to take their biggest lead of the game. Claire Mocarski made a layup and two foul shots and Brianna Moore added a layup for a 23-18 Bridgewater lead. After a jumper by Shenandoah's Shannon Kuhn, Mocarski converted a three-point play, giving the Eagles a 26-20 advantage with 7:09 left in the half.
The Hornets then hit the Eagles with a 15-4 spurt to lead 35-30. Two foul shots by Sarah Donley pulled the Hornets to within a point and Brianna Turner scored inside, giving the visitors a 31-30 edge with 2:36 left in the quarter. Olivia Weinel worked inside for two buckets and the Hornets led 35-30 with 1:03 remaining in the half. Erin Dietz then knocked down a 3-pointer for the Eagles, trimming the Hornets' lead to 35-33 at the break.
Shenandoah increased its lead to seven points, 44-37, at the midway mark of the third quarter and led 50-44 entering the fourth quarter.
Kuhn and Bridgewater's Moore traded hoops to start the final quarter before buckets by Ashley Stone and Sondrol pushed Shenandoah's lead to double figures for the first time, 56-46. After the Eagles missed at the offensive end, Kuhn hit from long range, giving Shenandoah its biggest lead of the game, 59-46, with 6:52 left to play.
Bridgewater used a 9-2 spurt and pulled to within six, 61-55, on a jumper by Baum. Shenandoah answered with a 9-4 run to go up 72-59, matching its biggest lead of the game with just 1:16 left.
Moore paced the Eagles with 18 points and Baum added 13. Stone led all scorers with 23 points while Shenandoah teammates Sondrol, Kuhn and McKenzie Mathis each finished with 10 points.
Shenandoah won the game at the foul line where the Hornets connected on 25-of-31 attempts while the Eagles made just 11-of-16 at the line.
Bridgewater, now 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the ODAC, returns to action Saturday afternoon at Roanoke College. Game time is 1:00 p.m.