BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College women's basketball team scored first and never trailed as the Eagles opened the game on a 15-3 run to jump out to a commanding lead before dispatching Washington and Lee by a 63-44 tally on Thursday evening in Nininger Hall.
Hottinger made another jumper to push the advantage to 7-0 before the Generals got on the board with a free throw from Rachael Warrick to trim the lead to 7-1 with 17 minutes to play in the opening frame.
Both teams traded buckets before senior guard Jessica Mullen drained a jumper to open a 6-0 spurt for the Eagles as Bridgewater put the Generals down 15-3 with 10 and change to play in the first. During the run, the Eagles forced a dozen Washington and Lee (7-11, 4-7 ODAC) turnovers as the Bridgewater defense kept the pressure on the Generals early.
Warrick ended the run with a jumper but a Molly Shelley trey put the Eagles up 18-5 with 8:36 remaining in the opening stanza.
Bridgewater (10-8, 7-4 ODAC) built its lead to as high as 14 points on two occasions in the second half prior to the Generals making a late-half push. Katy Wilson knocked in a layup with 5:21 to play in the first half and back-to-back layups from Wesleigh Vick cut the Eagles' lead to 10 at a 25-15 margin with three and change to play in the first half.
Over the final three-plus minutes, Bridgewater went on a 7-2 run as the Eagles took a 32-17 lead into the locker room. Washington and Lee shot at a frigid 26.7% clip in the first half and committed 14 turnovers, due in large part to the outstanding play of the Bridgewater defense.
Out of the intermission, the Generals hit a pair of shots to cut the Bridgewater lead to 11 at a 32-21 tally with 18:37 to play.
Freshman Cassidy Burkholder landed a layup and Mullen knocked home a pair of free throws and a jumper to build the Bridgewater lead to its highest total to that point in the game as the Eagles owned a 38-21 lead with 16:06 remaining.
With 12:05 to play in the contest, Vick hit a jumper to draw the Generals to within 13 which is where the game would stand until a Morgan jumper pushed Bridgewater back in front by 15 at a 48-33 score with eight and change left.
Morgan buried a pair of free throws and Shannan Thorne knocked in a jumper to put the Eagles up 19 at a 52-33 margin with 6:54 to go.
Warrick knocked in a jumper for the Generals with 5:35 remaining to draw Washington and Lee to within 16 but it was as close as the contest would get.
Bridgewater ran its lead to 21 on a Morgan layup with four minutes left as the Eagles owned a 61-40 advantage.
Washington and Lee outpaced the Eagles by a 4-2 tally over the final four minutes of action as both teams turned to their benches before the Eagles rolled to a 63-44 victory.
Morgan paced the Bridgewater offense on the evening with a game-high 17 points. Mullen chipped in 14 in the win.
On the glass, Hottinger was again in double figures with a game-high 13 boards as the Eagles out-rebounded Washington and Lee by a 40-32 margin.
Washington and Lee was paced on the offensive end by a 17-point performance from Warrick. Wilson added a dozen points and a team-high 11 rebounds to post the double-double.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday at Randolph. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.