By Christian Sherman
LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee outscored Bridgewater 33-22 in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead and the Generals held on down the stretch to take an 85-82 victory in ODAC action Wednesday night. The Generals avenged last year's 99-92 shootout loss to the Eagles in Nininger Hall.
The Generals were powered by monster nights from Taylor Casey and Andy Smithey who tallied 26 and 22 points respectively. Erin Hughes contributed 15 points and six blocks.
Bridgewater put forth a balanced attacked with four starters scoring in double figures and the team shot 50 percent from the field. The Eagles, who lead the ODAC in three-point shooting percentage and makes, made only three on the night. Bridgewater also committed 21 turnovers, though they were able to force just as many from W&L.
The Eagles were led by forwards Rebecca Harvey and Claire Mocarski. Each went 8-for-13 from the field, Harvey scored 18 points and Mocarski had 16. W&L was able to hold Briana Moore in check most of the night, keeping her to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Madison Baum, the ODAC leader in assists, was consistently able to drive by her defender and get into the teeth of the defense, but converted on only 4-of-13 attempts for 10 points. She finished with six assits. Reserve guard Diamond Huskey scored a career high eight points.
A slow start by the Eagles put them in and 8-2 hole early but two Mocarski buckets quickly cut the deficit to 10-9. The first quarter ended with an 18-15 General lead.
The Eagles started out slow again in the second quarter and the Generals raced to a 27-17 lead. The Eagles went on a run and back-to-back Mocarski jumpers and a Moore 3-pointer put the Eagles down one at 29-28. Minutes later, Rebecca Harvey caught fire, hitting a three, spinning through the lane for a layup, and then knocking down another triple to give Bridgewater a 36-35 lead with a couple minutes left in the second quarter. A Casey three with 12 seconds left put the Generals ahed 38-36 going into halftime.
A Mocarski layup to begin the third quarter tied the game at 38 and a Harvey jumper soon after gave the Eagles a 40-38. An Erin Hughes bucket and one then gave W&L a 41-40 lead they would not surrender. A big third quarter by Casey ballooned the lead up to 71-58 entering the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater trailed by multiple possessions throughout most of the quarter but were able to cut it close in the final minutes. After trailing by 10 with 2:19 left, the Eagles cut it to 83-80 with 14 seconds to go. The Eagles were unable to force a turnover resorted to fouling Taylor, the nation's third best free throw shooter. Taylor knocked down a pair, extending the lead to 85-80 and sealing the victory for the Generals.
The Eagles (9-7 (4-6 in the ODAC)) host Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon. The Generals (11-6, 7-3 in the ODAC)) travel to Ferrum on Saturday..