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Quakers Turn Back Eagles, 72-57

Rebecca Harvey drives to the basket.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford College outscored Bridgewater 27-14 in the third quarter Saturday afternoon to take a 16-point lead and the Quakers went on to defeat the Eagles, 72-57, in ODAC women's basketball action.

Guilford scored the first three points of the game and never trailed in the contest.

The Quakers led 14-9 late in the opening quarter on a layup by Lindsay Gauldin and then Bridgewater's Madison Baum and Gauldin traded buckets as the Quakers' lead stayed at five, 16-11. Baum added a layup just before the first-quarter buzzer to pull the Eagles to within 16-13.

Bridgewater pulled even midway through the first period. A layup by Briana Moore pulled the Eagles to within a point and Allie Coburn made the second of two free throws to tie the score at 20-20.

Guilford's Julie Carini and Moore traded hoops to tie the score at 22-22 before Guilford regained the lead, 25-22, on a 3-pointer by Calyn Davis with 2:06 left in the second quarter. Coburn scored inside to make it a one-point game , but Gauldin hit two foul shots, giving the Quakers a 27-24 lead at the half.

Bridgewater tied the score again when a 3-pointer by Rebecca Harvey on the first possession of the second half knotted the score at 27-27. The Quakers then reeled off seven straight points to regain the lead for good. Carini hit a short jumper and Davis added a layup to put Guilford on top 31-27. After a free throw by Miracle Walters, Carini hit another jumper for a 34-27 Guilford lead with 6:15 left in the third quarter.

Eagles' forward Claire Mocarski hit two free throws before a layup by Carini made the score 36-29. Gauldin and Coburn exchanged layups to keep the Guilford lead at seven, 38-31, with 5:21 left in the third quarter. Carini hit another jumper and Walters added a layup to push the Guilford advantage to double figures for the first time, 42-31, with 4:09 on the clock. The Quakers scored the next five points, completing an 8-0 spurt,  to increase the lead to 46-31. 

After a layup by Baum snapped the Quakers' run, Davis knocked down a 3-pointer for a 49-33 lead. Moore scored for the Eagles, but Gauldin hit from long range, giving Guilford its largest lead of the third quarter, 52-35, with 1:36 on the clock. Ahlia Moone hit a 3-ball for the Eagles, but Davis made two foul shots with one second on the clock, giving the Quakers a 54-38 lead after three quarters.

A 3-pointer by Brianna Allen pushed the Guilford margin to 17 points, 57-40, but the Eagles battled back and trimmed the deficit to 10 points at the midway point of the fourth quarter.

Moore scored on a layup and Sydni Carey hit from beyond the arc to trim the margin to 12 points, 57-45, with 8:40 left in the game. After a layup by Guilford's Victoria Young, Harvey answered with two foul shots to cut the margin back to 12. Monell Dunlap made 1-of-2 foul shots for the Quakers before a 3-pointer by Moore, pulled the Eagles to within 60-50 with 5:17 remaining.

Walters scored for Guilford, but Moore worked inside and converted a three-point play to time the margin to single digits, 62-53, with 4:08 left. Two free throws by Moore sliced the lead to eight, 63-55, with 3:37 on the clock, but the Quakers scored the next eight points to regain a comfortable working margin, 71-55.

Moore led the Eagles with 20 points and Baum added 10. Gauldin scored 18 to lead for Quakers in double figures. Davis and Carini both finished with 14 points and Walters added 13.

Bridgewater, now 14-9 overall and 8-8 in the ODAC, returns to Nininger Hall on Wednesday night for the final home game of the regular season. The Eagles will host Washington and Lee in a 7:00 p.m. contest.