Hot-Shooting Eagles Down Randolph-Macon, 72-55
ASHLAND, Va. – Sophomore Shannan Thorne posted a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double and the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team used a 12-2 second half run to build a 19-point lead before rolling to a 72-55 victory on Saturday afternoon at Randolph-Macon.
Bridgewater took an early lead at the get-go and never trailed in the contest. Junior Holly Morgan opened the scoring with a layup on the first Bridgewater possession of the game.
Randolph-Macon answered with a Sarah Parsons layup as the two teams went back and forth over the first eight-plus minutes as the game stood at a 10-10 deadlock with 11:58 to go in the opening stanza.
Junior Molly Shelley converted a three-point play to open a 9-2 Bridgewater run as the Eagles owned a 19-12 lead with 8:51 remaining in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets carved the Bridgewater lead back to two points with a 5-0 run which was capped off by a Parsons layup with 6:29 to go in the opening frame.
Parsons drilled another layup to tie the contest up at 21 points each before the two teams traded scores with the game being knotted up 23-23 with 3:02 left in the first stanza.
Bridgewater followed the exchange with six unanswered points, including back-to-back Cassidy Burkholder layups, as the Eagles built a 29-23 lead with 39 ticks to play in the opening half.
Randolph-Macon wrapped up the first half with a layup with three seconds left as the Eagles held on to a 29-25 lead at the intermission.
Bridgewater committed 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play which the Yellow Jackets turned into a 12-4 advantage in points off of turnovers, allowing Randolph-Macon to keep the game close.
Parsons led all scorers with 12 points in the first half, while three Eagles led the way with six points each.
Out of the halftime break, the Yellow Jackets struck first with a Katie Anderson jumper but it was as close as Randolph-Macon would get.
Bridgewater answered the Randolph-Macon bucket with six straight points off of a layup from Morgan and back-to-back buckets from Jessi Strom as the Eagles owned a 35-27 lead with 17:48 to play.
Randolph-Macon converted a layup and a trey to bring the Bridgewater lead to three points before a big run from the Eagles built a double-digit lead.
Morgan landed a jumper with 16:37 remaining to open up a 10-0 run as the Eagles opened up a 45-32 lead with 14:58 to play. Morgan and Mullen split the scoring during the stretch with five points each.
Following the Bridgewater run, the Yellow Jackets used back-to-back buckets to cut the lead back to single figures for the final time at a 45-36 margin with 14:01 left.
After back-to-back buckets from the Yellow Jackets, the Eagles used another big run to effectively put the game away. With 13:03 to play, Morgan knocked in a layup to open a 12-2 Bridgewater run as the Eagles owned a 57-38 lead with 9:08 left. Strom and Thorne each netted four points each to spark the Bridgewater offense during the run.
Thorne buried a layup with 6:31 to play to maintain an 18-point lead for the Eagles before Randolph-Macon charged back with a run of its own. Anderson netted eight straight points for the Yellow Jackets during the run as the Bridgewater lead was trimmed to 10 points at a 61-51 margin with 4:51 remaining.
Randolph-Macon kept the lead at 10 points with 1:46 to go but it was as close as the game would get as Bridgewater scored the final seven points of the game to head home with a 72-55 victory.
Morgan netted a team-high 17 points for the Eagles on an 8-of-13 effort from the floor. The junior also dished out a team-high four assists and recorded three steals in the win. Thorne chipped in 14, while Mullen added a dozen to pace a Bridgewater offense that shot 50% (31-of-62) on the afternoon.
On the glass, Thorne's 12 rebounds led the way as the Eagles controlled the glass, outrebounding Randolph-Macon by a 50-34 margin.
Randolph-Macon was paced offensively by the efforts of Parsons. The sophomore netted a team-high 17 points with lead three Yellow Jackets in double figures.
Anderson pulled down seven boards to pace the Yellow Jackets on the glass.
Bridgewater is back in action on Tuesday evening when it tangles with conference-leading Eastern Mennonite. Tip-off against the Royals in Nininger Hall is set for 7 p.m.