ASHLAND, Va. - Jumiata College closed the first quarter with a 6-0 run to take the lead for good and went on to defeat the Bridgewater College Eagles, 67-55, Saturday afternoon at the Randolph-Macon Tip-Off Classic.
Bridgewater senior Kaitlyn Lehan posted her second straight double-double, finishing with 10 points and 20 rebounds. The 20 rebounds ties the program single-game record set in 2011 by Shannan Thorne. Briana Moore led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points. Bridgewater received an offensive boost from its bench as Rebecca Harvey and rookie Ahlia Moone each finished with 12 points.
Lehan scored 31 points and grabbed 30 points in the two games this weekend as was named to the All-Classic team.
The Eagles took their first lead, 4-3, on a bucket by Lehan and led for most of the first quarter. Moore and Lehan combined to make four straight free throws to keep the lead at three, 8-5, with seven minutes remaining in the opening period. The lead changed hands six times and when Harvey knocked down a short jumper, the Eagles led 14-13 with 3:40 left in the first quarter. The Eagles went scoreless for three minutes and Juniata reeled off six straight points to lead 20-14. Moore scored in the closing seconds to pull the Eagles to with four, 20-16, after one quarter.
A four-minute scoreless drought to open the second quarter allowed Juniata to push its lead to double-digits, 27-16. Juniata's lead hovered around the 10-point mark for the rest of the quarter and at the half, Juniata led by nine, 35-26.
Bridgewater pulled to within six, 40-34, midway through the third quarter on a layup by Madison Baum and a three-point play by Moone trimmed the deficit down to three, 40-37, with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter.
Bridgewater trailed by four, 42-38, with 3:20 on the clock, but another scoring drought lasting just more than three minutes allowed Juniata to rebuild its lead. Juniata ran off 11 unanswered points to go up 53-38 before two foul shots by Baum with six seconds left ended the dry spell as the third period ended with Juniata holding a 53-40 lead.
The margin was still 15 points with 4:48 left in the game, but the Eagles reeled off seven straight points to close the gap to eight. Harvey worked free for a short jumper and Sydni Carey made a layup to pull the Eagles to within 62-51. Harvey then knocked down a 3-pointer and the Eagles trailed by eight, 62-54, with 2;32 remaining.
Juniata then turned the ball over, giving the Eagles a chance to pull closer, but Jessalyn Monday missed a jumper in the lane and Juniata controlled the rebound. Veronica Cosmopolis hit two free throws and Carmella Bickel added a 3-pointer from the corner to put Juniata back in control.
Despite Lehan's 20 rebounds, Juniata controlled the glass by a 48-38 margin. Dani Atkinson scored 19 points to pace Juniata's offense.
Bridgewater, now 1-2 on the season, returns to action Tuesday evening when the Eagles travel to Waynesburg. Game time is 6:00 p.m.