EMORY, Va. - Senior guard Jessica Mullen exploded on the offensive end to pace a 22-0 Bridgewater run in the second half as the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team overcame a halftime deficit to run its winning streak to three games with a 65-55 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory on the road at Emory & Henry on Saturday evening.
Mullen's 26 points pushed her over the 1,000 point plateau for her career. The senior now has 1,002 career points.
Bridgewater scored on the opening possession of the contest to take the early lead before Emory & Henry responded to knot the game up at two points each.
Both teams traded leads over the first seven minutes with Bridgewater regaining the lead at a 13-12 tally off of a Holly Morgan trey with 13 and change to play in the first half.
Following Morgan's three, the Eagles scored the game's next four points off of a Molly Shelley layup and a pair of Shannan Thorne free throws to build their largest lead to that point in the contest at a 17-12 advantage.
Emory & Henry answered the Bridgewater run with one of its own as the Wasps scored six unanswered points to regain the lead at an 18-17 score with 10:23 to play in the opening stanza.
Bridgewater took the lead back off of a Katelynn Hottinger layup before Emory & Henry answered with a Kristie Langley layup to regain the advantage.
The Wasps lead was held at a one-score advantage with Mullen knocking in a pair of free throws to draw the Emory & Henry lead to one point, 24-23, with 5:12 to play in the opening half.
After the Mullen free throws, Emory & Henry went on a 5-0 run to build it's biggest lead of the half, 29-23, with two and change to play in the first frame.
Bridgewater responded with five unanswered points of its own as a Hottinger layup and a Mullen trey drew the Eagles back to within a point, 29-28, with 68 ticks remaining in the opening stanza.
Emory & Henry's Karina Farr pushed the lead to three points at the break with a baseline layup with six seconds left in the first half as the Wasps owned a 31-28 lead at the intermission.
Out of the halftime intermission, the Eagles knotted the game up at 31 points each off of a pair of free throws from Hottinger and a bucket from the charity stripe from Mullen to open the half.
The Eagles regained the lead with 18:35 to play off of a Hottinger layup before Mullen knocked in a layup to push the lead to 35-31 with 18:03 to play, forcing an Emory & Henry timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Wasps drew the Bridgewater lead back to a single point off of a Jalan McPherson trey, before the Eagles mounted a deep run to push their lead to double figures.
With 17:34 left in the contest, Thorne knocked in a layup to open an 11-0 Bridgewater run, building the lead to a game-high 11 points at a 45-34 tally with 15:12 to play in the game. Freshman Cassidy Burkholder landed a jumper to push the lead to double digits, forcing another timeout by the Emory & Henry bench.
Bridgewater continued its assault out of the timeout. Mullen hit a layup before being fouled on a layup and converting the three-point play to take a 50-34 lead with 14:11 left. Mullen's run continued with a trey to push the lead to 19 points before a Thorne layup pushed the lead to 21 with 12 and change to play in the game.
A pair of Shelley free throws capped off a 22-0 Bridgewater run as the Eagles effectively put the game in the books. Emory & Henry used a Langley free throw to end the scoreless streak for the Wasps, cutting the Bridgewater lead to 22 before a McPherson jumper cut the lead to 20 points with 8:50 remaining.
Emory & Henry made a late-game run at the Eagles but it was too-little, too-late as Bridgewater rolled to a 65-55 victory over the Wasps.
Mullen's 26 was a season-high for the Purcellville, Va. native. The senior finished 9-of-25 from the floor, 6-of-8 from the charity stripe and scored 20 second-half points in the win. Mullen also dished out four assists to help pace the Bridgewater offense.
Aside from Mullen's game-high in the scorebook, Hottinger chipped in 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting as the Eagles shot 33.8% on the afternoon.
Bridgewater forced 35 Emory & Henry turnovers in the game and held the Wasps scoreless for more than seven minutes at the start of the second half.
Thorne pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds in the win.
Farr paced the Wasps with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds as Emory & Henry out-rebounded Bridgewater by a 55-51 margin.
Bridgewater is back in action on Monday evening in Nininger Hall against Mary Baldwin. Start time against the Fightng Squirrels is set for 7 p.m.