Poor Shooting Costs Women's Basketball in 70-49 Loss at Guilford
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Bridgewater College women's basketball team shot at a season-low 29.3% clip from the floor as they fell on the road against the Guilford Quakers by a 70-49 tally in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.
The Eagles couldn't find their rhythm from the floor as they connected on just 17 shots on the evening to drop the season series with the Quakers.
Bridgewater struck first on a Kelsey Taylor jumper before the Quakers struck back with seven unanswered points to take a 7-2 lead with under 18 to play in the first.
Senior Jenny Logan ended the run by drilling a trey to cut the lead back to one possession at a 7-5 tally.
Bridgewater forced the game in to the paint, getting the Quakers post players in early foul trouble, while the Eagles defense forced a number of early Guilford turnovers as the Eagles took a 10-9 lead with 13:49 to play in the opening frame. A stealthy defensive effort from the Eagles forced six Guilford turnovers in the opening minutes.
Guilford used another quick spurt, tallying four unanswered points to regain the lead off of a made free throw and a 3-pointer, before Logan knocked in her second trey of the game to knot the game up at 13 each with 12 and change remaining in the opening stanza.
Senior Sarah Boeren put the Eagles ahead 15-13 off of a steal and a layup at the other end to put Bridgewater back on top with 10:42 left in the first half, forcing a Guilford timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Quakers converted at the charity stripe, and used a Brittany Drew trey to regain the lead at a 17-15 gap with 9:44 remaining in the first.
Following layups from both teams, the two units went cold from the field before a Jazlyn Gibbs jumper gave the Quakers a 21-17 lead with 6:19 to play in the opening set.
Guilford extended its lead to a then game-high six points before Logan drained her third 3-pointer of the first half to end a three-plus minute scoring drought for the Eagles, cutting the Quakers lead to 23-20.
Over the final three minutes of the first half both teams traded scores with the Quakers owning a 28-22 halftime lead.
Bridgewater overcame a sluggish shooting performance in the opening half with an elevated defensive effort, forcing 12 Quakers turnover in the first 20 minutes. The Eagles shot at a frigid 25% clip in the first stanza.
Logan paced the Eagles offense with nine first-half points.
Out of the halftime break, the Quakers used a 6-0 run aided by a pair of Eagles turnovers to build their lead to a dozen at a 34-22 margin with 18:08 to play, forcing a Bridgewater timeout.
After the timeout, Bridgewater cut the lead back down to 10 on a Holly Morgan jumper, but cold shooting from the floor allowed Guilford to run its lead to 15 points at a 39-24 tally before a Morgan trey ended a mini 5-0 Quakers run with 13:40 remaining.
Morgan's jumper opened up a 10-2 Eagles run as Bridgewater cut the Quakers lead back to single digits at a 41-34 margin with 12 and change left.
Both teams traded scores over the next five minutes, with Guilford hanging on to a 46-40 lead with 7:44 remaining before back-to-back Kayla Adams treys extended the Quakers lead back to double figures at a 52-40 gap with 6:25 to play.
Bridgewater was able to cut the lead back to single digits at a nine-point margin with 5:45 to play, but the Eagles wouldn't get any closer as the Quakers ended the game on a 16-to-4 run as the Eagles fell by a 70-49 margin.
The Eagles were paced offensively by Logan's 14-point effort. Logan stroked four treys on the evening and dished out two assists to help pace the Bridgewater offense.
Junior Katelynn Hottinger led the Eagles on the glass with five rebounds as Guilford controlled the boards, outpacing Bridgewater by a 44-to-36 gap.
Guilford was led offensively by Adams' 16-point evening. The guard was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc as she helped pace the Quakers to a 43.5 % (27-of-62) effort from the floor.
On the glass, a trio of Quakers led the way with seven rebounds each.
Bridgewater is back in action tomorrow, Saturday, at Emory & Henry in the season finale for both teams. Tip off is set for 3:00 p.m.