FERRUM, Va. - Bridgewater senior Rebecca Harvey poured in a career-high 33 points and fellow senior Briana Moore added 20 as the Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 82-63 ODAC victory Saturday afternoon over Ferrum College.
Harvey also reached a career milestone in the contest when she scored her 1,000th collegiate point with her first bucket of the contest. Harvey scored 280 points in her first season while playing at Randolph College and has now scored 751 points in an Eagles' uniform.
The outing was the second career performance of the week for Harvey. The Eagles' senior scored a career-high 25 points Tuesday in a road win over Randolph-Macon and she followed that up with Saturday's new career-high of 33 points against the Panthers. Harvey made 10-of 17 shots from the field Saturday, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. She also connected on all eight of her free throw attempts.
Moore had a good day with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. She also pulled down eight rebounds. Point guard Madison Baum just missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high nine rebounds. Baum also dished out six assists. Sydni Carey also scored nine points for the Eagles.
Bridgewater jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on a bucket by Harvey and a three-point play by Baum and the Eagles never trailed.
The Eagles led 15-8 on a free throw by Diamond Huskey with 3:47 left in the opening quarter before a three-point play by Ferrum's Courtney Martin pulled the Panthers to within four, 15-11. Harvey and Ferrum's Jasmine Wilson traded buckets before a foul shot by Makayla Johnson gave Bridgewater an 18-13 lead. Jessy Nichols tacked on a free throw for the Panthers late in the quarter to trim the Eagles' lead to 18-14.
Ferrum closed to within two early in the second quarter, but the Eagles ran off a 9-2 spurt to lead by nine. Two foul shots by Moore and a jumper by Harvey put the Eagles up 22-16. Arin Bunker scored on a layup for the Panthers before Moore added a layup and a 3-pointer to push the Eagles's advantage to 27-18 with 6:18 left in the half.
Ferrum trimmed the margin to four before a 3-pointer by Bridgewater's Kayla Darr made the score 30-23 at the midway point of the second quarter.
A 3-pointer by Harvey pushed the lead to eight points for the first time, 33-25, with 1:44 left on the clock. After Ferrum's Kelsey Mosley hit a jumper to pull the Panthers back to within five, the Eagles matched their biggest lead of the half when Harvey hit another 3-pointer with just three seconds left in the half, sending the Eagles to the break with a 36-28 lead.
Harvey hit two foul shots at the 4:53 mark of the third quarter, giving the Eagles their largest lead of the third quarter at 52-40. The lead was back to 12 points when Harvey made two more free throws, making the score 59-47 with 1:24 left in the quarter. Ferrum then scored the next five points to stay within striking distance, 59-52, entering the final quarter of play.
Bridgewater pushed its lead back to double figures when Harvey and Baum scored on layups, making the score 63-52, early in the fourth quarter.
After two free throws by Ferrum's Maggie Self, the Eagles opened up some space on the Panthers with an 8-0 spurt. Carey ignited the flurry with a 3-pointer and Moore added a layup, putting the Eagles ahead 68-54. After a Ferrum turnover, Harvey scored again from 3-point range, giving the Eagles a 17-point, 71-54 lead with 6:41 left to play.
The Eagles face a quick turnaround as the team is back in action Monday with a rare late-season non-conference contest against Waynesburg in Nininger Hall. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.