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Eagles Come From Behind for 52-50 Victory at Lynchburg

Eagles Come From Behind for 52-50 Victory at Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Freshman Jessi Strom knocked in a trey with 2:20 to play in regulation to break a late-game deadlock and scored the final point of the contest on a free throw as the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team stormed back from a halftime deficit to upend Lynchburg College by a 52-50 tally.

The win for the Eagles (3-5, 2-1 ODAC) snapped a six-game winning streak for Lynchburg.

In a low-scoring first stanza, the two teams traded leads with Bridgewater owning a 9-8 lead with under 10 minutes to play in the first half.

Lynchburg (7-4, 2-1 ODAC) responded with a Lauren Penley layup to regain the lead and open a 7-3 run as the Hornets owned a 16-11 lead with 6:09 to play in the opening stanza. Penley capped off the run with a layup to extend the Lynchburg lead to five.

Following the Lynchburg run, the Eagles responded with seven unanswered points to regain the lead. Freshman Cassidy Burkholder opened the run with a layup before senior guard Jessica Mullen added in a layup to pull Bridgewater to within a point, 16-15. Strom capped off the run with a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 18-16 with 4:20 to play in the first half.

Lynchburg scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a two-point lead into the locker room as the Hornets led Bridgewater by a slim 22-20 tally at the intermission.

Bridgewater took the lead back at a 26-24 score off of a Shannan Thorne layup before a 6-0 Lynchburg spurt handed the Hornets a 30-26 lead with 14:58 to play in the contest and forced a Bridgewater timeout.

Out of the timeout the two teams traded scores before the Hornets extended their lead to a game-high nine points at a 40-31 gap off of a Shannon Allan layup with 10:08 to play in regulation.

The Eagles cut the Lynchburg lead down with six unanswered points off of a pair of layups by senior Katelynn Hottinger and a layup from Mullen to bring the contest to a one-possession difference with eight and change remaining.

Allan ended the Bridgewater run with a trey to put the Hornets back up by six points before Lynchburg went cold from the field and the Eagles went on an 11-0 run to regain the lead at a 48-43 score with 4:40 left in the game.

Lynchburg ripped off five straight points off of an Allan trey and layup to knot the game up at 48 points apiece with 3:03 left.

Strom buried a trey to put the Eagles up for good by a 51-48 score before Sarah Coon hit a layup for the Hornets to trim the Bridgewater lead to 51-50 with just under two minutes left.

Following a scoreless streak from both teams in which both had open looks at the hoop, Strom finished off the scoring with a made free throw with 11 ticks left to put the Eagles up by two points.

Lynchburg had a shot to force overtime but missed a layup in the waning seconds of the game as the Eagles rode home with a 52-50 victory over the Hornets.

Strom and Mullen paced three Eagles in double figures with a team-high 13 points each. Hottinger chipped in 10 points in the win. Bridgewater outshot Lynchburg on the evening by a 41%-to-28% clip.

Thorne pulled down a team-high 11 points for the Eagles in the win, despite Bridgewater being out-rebounded by a 56-36 tally.

Allan led the Hornets with a game-high 18 points, while Coon pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss.

Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday, January 5 at Emory & Henry. Start time against the Wasps is set for 4 p.m.