BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In front of 700-plus fans on Play4Kay and Senior Night in Nininger Hall, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team committed 28 turnovers which turned into a 32-to-15 advantage for the visiting Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan (19-4, 16-2 ODAC) as the Eagles fell by a 68-52 margin in ODAC action.
Bridgewater (14-9, 10-8 ODAC) was all over the Marlins at the game's outset, running out to a 7-2 lead over the first three minutes of the contest.
The Marlins used a 7-0 spurt, which included a trey and a jumper from Sarah Seipp to erase the early Eagles advantage, putting Virginia Wesleyan up by a 9-7 margin with under 15 minutes to play in the first half.
Both teams traded scores over the middle part of the half, before back-to-back jumpers from Jenny Logan and Katelynn Hottinger put the Eagles up by a 26-24 gap with 5:44 to play in the opening stanza.
Over the final five-plus minutes of the first frame, the Marlins used an 11-3 run to pull out to a 35-29 halftime lead.
Out of the halftime break, Virginia Wesleyan scored four quick points, forcing a Bridgewater timeout with the Marlins leading by a 39-29 margin.
Virginia Wesleyan extended its lead to 13 at a 45-32 margin off of a Rachael Miller layup with 15:39 to play before the Eagles used a run to cut the lead back to single digits.
Bridgewater's inside game took over as the duo of Hottinger and Kelsey Taylor accounted for all seven points in a 7-0 run to chip the lead to six at a 45-39 margin with 15:37 remaining.
The Marlins responded to the Eagles run with a pair of jumpers to push the lead back to 10 points, which is where it would remain until the 8:17 mark when back-to-back Virginia Wesleyan 3-pointers extended the VWC lead to a then game-high 16 at a 59-43 margin with 7:40 to play.
Down the stretch, both teams tallied nine points each as the Eagles couldn't chip away at the Virginia Wesleyan lead before eventually falling by a 68-52 margin.
Bridgewater was paced offensively by an 11-point performance from Taylor. Fellow freshman Shannan Thorne just missed her third straight double-double with nine points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. Thorne's 11 boards helped the Eagles to a 36-to-11 advantage on the glass.
Virginia Wesleyan forward Jocelyn Spencer paced the Marlins with a game-high 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the field. Kristen Blalock chipped in 10 points, while Seipp also notched 10 points for the Marlins in the win.
Bridgewater is back in action on Friday evening when it travels to Guilford. Tip-off against the Quakers is set for 7:00 p.m.