SALEM, Va. – Despite an 18 point effort from sophomore Holly Morgan, the third-seeded Quakers of Guilford College shot at a blazing 48.6% clip from the floor and used two big runs to open each half as the season came to an end for Bridgewater College in a 78-63 loss in the ODAC Quarterfinals.
The loss marks the third-straight season that the Eagles fell in the opening round, including the second-straight loss in the quarterfinals at the hands of the Quakers.
Bridgewater struck first on a jumper from Morgan as the Eagles gained the first advantage but the next four minutes was all Guilford as the Quakers went on a 12-0 run to take a 12-2 lead with 16 and change to play in the first half.
Senior Sarah Boeren ended the Quakers spurt with a layup at the 15:26 to go mark before the two teams traded scores with Guilford leading 19-7 with 11:46 to play in the opening set.
Over the next three minutes, Guilford outpaced Bridgewater by a 9-5 margin to build its lead up to 16 points, 28-12, with 8:45 to play in the first.
Bridgewater finally got out of its early funk when a Morgan trey opened a 10-4 Eagles run to cut the Quakers lead to just 10 at a 32-22 tally with 4:36 left in the first stanza.
Guilford answered the Bridgewater stretch with a 7-0 run of its own to extend the lead back to 17 points before another Morgan 3-pointer got the Eagles rolling from the floor to the tune of a 10-0 half-ending run as Bridgewater cut the Quakers lead to a manageable 39-32 tally at the intermission.
Morgan paced the Eagles with 11 points in the opening frame as the Eagles overcame 10 turnovers to hold the Guilford lead to single digits.
Bridgewater cut the lead to as low as five on a Kelsey Taylor layup before the Quakers used five straight points to build their lead to 44-34 with 18 and change left.
Guilford added to its double-digit lead with a game-sealing 17-5 run before building its lead to as high as 24 points, 74-50, with 7:15 to play.
Over the remainder of the game, Bridgewater cut the Guilford lead to as low as 15 in the waning moments of the contest but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Quakers rolled to a 78-63 victory over the Eagles, ending BC's season.
Morgan's 18 points paced the way, while freshman Shannan Thorne chipped in 10 points in the loss. Bridgewater turned in a 35.5% (22-of-62) effort from the floor in the loss.
On the glass, Thorne just missed the double-double, pulling down nine rebounds as the Eagles were edged by a 43-to-37 margin in the rebounding department.
Guilford was paced by 20-point efforts from Jazlyn Gibbs and Gabby Oglesby. Oglesby was 9-of-11 from the floor on the evening, while Gibbs shot at an 8-for-15 clip.
In the rebounding department, Brittany Atwater led the way with eight boards.
Bridgewater ends the season with a 15-11 overall record.