VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Despite taking a 20 point lead in the early going of the second half, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team had to hold on to a late lead for the second game in a row, but earned its 20th win of the year by a 69-61 tally over Virginia Wesleyan.
Virginia Wesleyan jumped out to a 12-4 lead over the Eagles before a stellar defensive performance and hot shooting from the field turned an eight point deficit into a 14-point halftime lead.
Out of the halftime break, Bridgewater used a 9-to-3 run to build a 20-point advantage at a 46-26 tally with 16 and change to play.
Down by its largest gap of the game, Virginia Wesleyan didn't go away, the Marlins slowly chipped the Bridgewater lead down.
Bridgewater went scoreless from the field for an eight minute stretch, allowing Virginia Wesleyan to go on a 12-0 run over a five minute stretch to cut the Eagles advantage to 48-40 with eight and change to play.
Senior Jordan Burkholder knocked in a pair of free throws to open a 5-0 run to push the lead to a 53-40 margin.
The Eagles held a 10-point lead with under five minutes remaining before a Virginia Wesleyan spurt cut the Bridgewater lead to six points with three minutes left off of a Rachel Miller trey.
Down the stretch, the Eagles knocked down a number of key shots and used efficient free throw shooting to hang on for a 69-61 victory, earning the team's 20th win of the season.
On the glass, Burkholder yanked down a team-high six rebounds as the Eagles and Marlins were even on the boards with 31 rebounds each.
Virginia Wesleyan was led offensively by Kristen Blalock's 17-point effort.
Bridgewater is back at home on Friday night when Guilford comes to Nininger Hall. Action is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start.