ARLINGTON, Va. – Despite an 18-point effort from senior guard Jessica Mullen including 16 second-half points, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start in a 73-57 loss in the season opener to the Marymount Saints.
Marymount jumped out to a lead on the Eagles at the outset of the contest and never trailed as Bridgewater fell into the consolation round of the Marymount Tip-Off Tournament.
The Saints capitalized on a number of Bridgewater miscues to build a 9-4 lead over the Eagles with 16 and change to play in the first half.
Bridgewater clawed back to within two off of a Holly Morgan trey which trimmed the Marymount lead to 9-7 with 15 and change to go in the first stanza before the Eagles went cold from the field.
Marymount went on a 17-2 run over the next eight minutes as the Eagles committed a number of turnovers and endured a six-minute stretch without a score to dig themselves a 26-9 hole with 7:08 to play in the first.
Over the remaining seven minutes of the opening stanza, the two teams traded scores with the host Saints leading by a 38-21 margin at the intermission.
Marymount shot at a 57.7% clip in the first half while the Eagles shot at a 33.3% pace, with Bridgewater committing 19 first-half turnovers.
Mullen drilled back-to-back shots to open the second half, trimming the Marymount lead to 13 in the opening minutes of the second stanza before the Saints responded with a pair of free throws to build their lead back up to 15.
Marymount was able to build its lead up to a game-high 19 points with 11:49 left in the contest as the Eagles stared down a 54-35 deficit.
After the mini-spurt from the Saints, Mullen nailed a jumper with 11 and change to play to open a 12-2 Bridgewater run to cut the Marymount lead to a manageable nine points with just under eight minutes to play. Mullen bookended the Bridgewater run with a jumper to cut the lead to 56-47.
Marymount responded with a trey to break up the Bridgewater spurt, but the Eagles weren't ready to go away.
Senior Katelynn Hottinger knocked down a pair of free throws to get the lead back to 10 before sophomore Shannan Thorne and Hottinger each hit a free throw to bring the Marymount lead back to single digits at a 59-51 gap with 5:50 to play.
Despite their late charge, eight points was as close as the Eagles would get as Marymount pulled away late to a 73-57 victory to hand Bridgewater a loss in its season opener.
Mullen paced the way for the Eagles with 18 points while Hottinger chipped in 16 in the loss. Thorne just missed the double-double with a nine point, 13 rebound effort. Thorne's 13 boards marked a game-high.
Marymount was paced offensively by the performance of Katelyn Fischer. Fischer knocked in a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. The guard also found the bottom of the net on four three-pointers on the evening.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday in the consolation contest of the Marymount Tournament against Gettysburg College. Tip-time is set for 5 p.m.