LEXINGTON, Va. – Despite owning a 13-point lead at the intermission, the Bridgewater Eagles (13-7, 9-6 ODAC) couldn't hold off a second half charge from the Generals of Washington and Lee as the Eagles fell by a 62-58 margin at the Warner Center on Saturday afternoon.
Bridgewater hung around with the preseason favorite Generals without the services of ODAC leading scorer Jessica Mullen who is out of action with an undisclosed injury.
Washington and Lee (9-11, 7-8 ODAC) scored the game's first four points before Bridgewater quickly answered with a 7-0 run to take a 7-4 lead with 15 and change to play in the first half.
The Generals regained the lead before the Eagles tied it up at nine off of a Katelynn Hottinger jumper.
Senior guard Jenny Logan drilled a pair of jumpers to open a 15-1 run for the Eagles as Washington and Lee struggled from the floor and Bridgewater used a strong effort from Holly Morgan and a solid performance from the charity stripe to own a 24-10 lead with 6:48 left in the opening frame.
After a Becca Bolton jumper ended the big Bridgewater run, the Eagles rattled off four straight points to push their lead to a game-high 16 at a 28-12 margin with 4:18 remaining in the first.
Washington and Lee outscored Bridgewater over the final four and change to cut the Eagles lead to 36-23 at the break.
The roles reversed to start the second half as Bridgewater struggled from the field, allowing Washington and Lee to chip the lead back to single digits at a 38-30 margin after two minutes expired in the second half.
Washington and Lee's run continued as a pair of Meg Ingram treys took the once double digit Bridgewater lead and turned it into a 42-40 Generals advantage midway through the half.
The Generals extended their lead to six points, but Bridgewater wouldn't go away without a fight.
Back-to-back jumpers from sophomore Holly Morgan knotted the game up at 55 each with 2:14 left to play.
Following a Bolton jumper, Morgan stormed down the floor and drilled a trey with 96 ticks left to give the Eagles the lead at a 58-57 margin.
Washington and Lee knotted the game up at 58 each on a Bolton free throw, giving Bridgewater the ball with under 40 seconds left.
The Eagles had a few opportunities down the stretch but couldn't convert as they fell on the road by a 62-58 margin.
Morgan paced the way for the Eagles with a game-high 19 points. The Staunton, Va. native went 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from long range. The junior guard also led the way with a game-high 11 rebounds to post the double-double.
Bridgewater controlled the glass, owning the boards by a 42-to-33 gap.
Bolton tossed in 19 for the Generals in the win and pulled down 10 boards, while Ingram chipped in 18.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Randolph. Tip-off against the WildCats is set for 7:00 p.m.