BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Washington and Lee outscored Bridgewater 28-13 in the third quarter Wednesday evening to take a 19-point lead. The Generals went on to post an 80-61 victory over the Eagles at Nininger Hall.
The Eagles, now 14-10 overall and 8-9 in the ODAC, close out the regular season on Saturday with the long trip to Emory & Henry. Bridgewater is still in contention to host a game in the ODAC tournament's first round. A Bridgewater win on Saturday at E&H or a Shenandoah loss at Lynchburg would get the Eagles a home game on Tuesday evening.
The Generals got off to a terrible shooting start, missing their first 13 field goal attempts of the game, but still managed to lead 17-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Bridgewater's Madison Baum opened the scoring with a short jumper, but Erin Addison made two foul shots to tie the score. Allie Coburn worked inside to put the Eagles up 4-2, but once again the Generals got to the foul line where Taylor Casey hit two free throws to knot the score at 4-4. A layup by Rebecca Harvey gave the Eagles a 6-4 lead before Addison hit a jumper at the 4:12 mark for W&L's first field goal, tying the score at 6-6.
Two buckets by Baum put the Eagles up 10-6, but Molly Mann answered with a 3-pointer to pull the Generals to within a point. Erin Hughes then knocked down back-to-back 3-balls, pushing the Generals to a 15-12 lead with 1:47 left in the first quarter. Ahlia Moone hit a short jumper for the Eagles, but Casey made two foul shots with three seconds left in the quarter for a 17-14 W&L advantage.
Casey scored inside to open the second quarter, but the Eagles responded with five straight points to tie the score. Moone hit from long range and Briana Moore added two foul shots to pull the Eagles even at 19-19.
Addison then scored six straight points, giving W&L the lead for good at 25-19. The teams traded hoops until a 3-pointer by Addison put the Generals up 32-25 with 4:43 left in the second quarter. Coburn and Baum added buckets to pull the Eagles to within three points, 32-29, before a jumper by Hughes gave W&L a 34-29 lead with 3:09 left in the first half.
The Eagles again closed to within three, 34-31, when Moore worked inside for a layup with 1:51 left on the clock. Both teams went scoreless until Jordan Diehl made 1-of-2 foul shots with 30 seconds left to send the Generals to the locker room with a 35-31 halftime lead.
Coburn scored on Bridgewater's first possession of the second half to make it a two-point game, but buckets by Casey and Diehl pushed the Generals' lead back to six, 39-33. Coburn swished a long 3-pointer and Moore added a 15-footer as the Eagles closed the margin to a single point, 39-38, with 8:14 left in the third quarter.
Bridgewater then went scoreless for the next seven minutes as the Generals broke the game open with a 20-0 run to take a 59-38 lead. Moone finally snapped the Eagles' drought with two foul shots with 1:05 left in the quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the Generals held a comfortable 63-44 cushion.
Bridgewater scored the first six points of the final quarter and closed to within 13 points, 63-50, on a 3-pointer by Moore. W&L responded with a 10-2 spurt to take a 73-52 lead and the Eagles would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way..
In her final regular-season home game, Coburn scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Eagles. Moore scored 15 points and Baum finished with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Casey and Hughes each finished with 22 points to pace the W&L attack.
Each team made 26 field goals in the game, but the Generals had a big advantage from beyond the arc and at the foul line. W&L was 9-of-24 from 3-point range compared to the Eagles' 4-of-18 night. The Generals also made 19-of-27 foul shots while the Eagles went to the line just five times and made all five attempts.