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Eagles Pull Away From WildCats, 59-42

Makayla Johnson handles the basketball.

LYNCHBURG, VA. – Bridgewater College overcame a tough shooting day by turning in a solid defensive effort in a 59-42 ODAC victory Saturday at Randolph College.

The Eagles made just 29 percent of their shots (18-of-62), but the defense limited the WildCats to 25.9 percent shooting (15-of-58).

Bridgewater trailed early, 6-2, but a three-point play by Makayla Johnson gave the Eagles a 9-8 advantage and they led the rest of the way.

The Eagles led 16-10 after the first quarter and opened the second quarter with five straight points to push the margin to double digits. Johnson scored on a short jumper and Mary Ruth Shifflett added a 3-pointer for a 21-10 Bridgewater lead with 8:22 left in the second quarter.

The WildCats closed to within seven points, 27-20, late in the half before a 3-pointer by Madison Baum pushed the margin back to 10. Bridgewater's Jasmyn Pierce and Randolph's Yanessa Cabrera each made 1-of-2 at the foul line as the first half ended with the Eagles on top, 31-21.

Randolph was still within striking distance, trailing 46-37 after three quarters, but Bridgewater controlled the final 10 minutes to pull away.

Bridgewater opened the final quarter with a 10-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game. Ahlia Moone knocked down a 3-pointer and Claire Mocarski scored inside, making the score 51-37. After a bucket by Randolph's Lindsey Marshall, Moone converted a three-point play and Diamond Huskey added a layup, giving Bridgewater a 56-39 cushion with 5:16 left in the game.

Alyssa Morroni added a three-point play for the WildCats with 4:16 left, but that proved to be Randolph's final points of the game.

Pierce and Moone came off the bench and both scored 11 points to lead the Eagles. Baum also finished in double figures with 10 points. Randolph's Cabrera led all scorers with 15 points.

The Eagles, now 4-8 overall and 3-2 in the ODAC, are back in action Tuesday night when they host Randolph-Macon.