BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College jumped out to a 28-9 lead after one quarter and the Eagles held off Roanoke College in the final 10 minutes to close out the regular season with an 84-75 victory Saturday afternoon at Nininger Hall.
Senior guard Jessica Lam closed out her home career in style with a game-high 35 points. Saturday's contest marked the third time this season that Lam topped the 30-point mark. Lam also surpassed the 1,300 mark for her career as she now has 1,325 points to rank No. 6 all-time in the Eagles' record book.
Lam's fellow seniors – Tyler Pinder, Jasmine Pinder and Kara Campbell – each made solid contributions in their final game at Nininger Hall. Jasmine Pinder scored a career-high seven points and grabbed three rebounds in 18 minutes while her sister Tyler knocked down a pair of big 3-pointers while also dishing out three assists and claiming three steals. Campbell added a bucket and three rebounds for the Eagles.
The Eagles shot 71 percent from the floor in the first quarter with Lam leading the way with 14 points.
Bridgewater trailed early, 4-0, but forged ahead with a 23-2 run. Lam made two foul shots to put the Eagles on the board and Kaitlyn Lehan converted a three-point play to give Bridgewater the lead for good.
After Jasmine Pinder made 1-of-2 at the line, Lam poured in three straight buckets for a 12-4 Eagles' lead with 6:15 left in the opening quarter.
Cary Beahm broke the Maroons' scoring drought with a short jumper, but Lam added a 15-footer and Tyler Pinder knocked down a 3-pointer, giving the Eagles their first double-digit lead, 17-6.
Another bucket by Lam and a layup by Sydni Carey made it 21-6 before Lam capped the Eagles' run with a pair of foul shots, making the score 23-6.
After Monday and Roanoke's Bridget Holleran traded baskets to start the second quarter, Jasmine Pinder found the range from beyond the arc to push the Eagles' lead to 33-11.
Roanoke finally started finding the range at the offensive end and slowly began the long climb back from its huge deficit.
After Lehan scored from in close to make the score 40-23, Beahm scored five straight points to pull Roanoke to within 12, 40-28.
A layup by Lam gave the Eagles a 44-30 lead with 1:31 left in the half, but two straight buckets by Beahm trimmed the margin to 10 points, 44-34. Lam then knocked down a contested, 15-footer at the buzzer to send the Eagles to the break with a 46-34 cushion.
The Eagles maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the third quarter as the lead fluctuated between 12 and 15 points.
A layup by Lam had the Eagles up 56-41 with 3:40 on the clock, but a 6-0 Roanoke spurt cut the margin back to single digits at 56-47. The margin was still nine, 61-52, when Carey and Roanoke's Molly Hassell traded 3-pointers. The Maroons made 2-of-4 free throws in the final minute of the quarter to trail by just seven, 61-54, heading into the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater led by eight, 74-66, on a layup by Lam with 5:33 left to play, but the Maroons scored the next six points to make it a two-point game, 74-72, at the 3:26 mark. Lam then missed a 3-pointer, but Roanoke was unable to take advantage as a jumper by Beahm rattled in-and-out with Tyler Pinder chasing down the rebound for the Eagles. Monday missed on a short jumper, but Lehan grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to put Bridgewater up 76-72 with 1:55 remaining.
After another missed shot by the Maroons, Carey hit two free throws to push the Eagles' lead to six, 78-72. Beahm scored inside for the Maroons, but Lam hit two straight from the foul line to keep the margin at six, 80-74 with 42 seconds left.
Livengood made 1-of-2 foul shots for the Maroons, but Lam added two more clutch foul shots to put the Eagles up 82-75 with just 36 seconds of the clock.
In addition to Lam's 35 points, Carey and Lehan also reached double figures with 13 points each. Despite being saddled with foul problems, Lehan stuffed the stat sheet, adding eight rebounds, six assists and four blocks.
Two Maroons posted double-doubles as Beahm scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Livengood scored 13 points to go along with 11 boards. Holleran also tallied 13 points for Roanoke.
With the victory, the Eagles finished the regular season with a 14-11 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the ODAC. Roanoke closed out the regular season at 10-15 overall and 5-11 in the co