SALEM, Va. - Roanoke's Laura McManimen hit two 3-pointers in the final four minutes to propel the Maroons to a 67-64 victory Tuesday evening over Bridgewater College in the ODAC opener for both teams.
McManimen knocked down a 3-pointer with 3:08 left in the game to put the Maroons back out front, 57-55. Roanoke's Kristina Harrell and Bridgewater's Briana Moore traded buckets before McManimen knocked down another 3-pointer, making the score 62-57 with 2:08 remaining.
Two foul shots by Lehan trimmed the margin to three, but Harrell made 1-of-2 from the foul line for a 63-59 Roanoke lead with 1:25 left. McManimen missed a jumper, but Harrell grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with less than one minute remaining. Harrell hit both foul shots to push the Maroons' lead to six, 65-59. Two foul shots by Harvey cut the deficit to four with 47 seconds left and then the Eagles forced a turnover. Bridgewater had two shots to trim the margin further, but Lehan missed from the baseline and Moore missed in traffic with the ball going out of bounds to Roanoke. McMenamin then hit two foul shots with seven seconds left to ice the game for the Maroons. Moore tacked on a 3-pointer for the Eagles, making the final score 67-64..
Lehan led the Eagles with 17 points and Moore added 16. Baum dished out five assists and fellow rookie Ahlia Moone added eight points.
Roanoke held a commanding 38-26 edge on the boards with 16 of those rebounds coming at the offensive end. Allie Coburn paced the Eagles with eight rebounds.
Each team made 22 field goals and 18 free throws. The difference came from long range where Roanoke made 5-of-10 3-pointers while the Eagles connected on just 2-of-13 shots from beyond the arc.
Bridgewater closed the first period with a 7-1 spurt to lead by four after the first 10 minutes. A layup by Lehan tied the score at 16-16 before Roanok's Chris Martin made 1-of-2 free throws to put the Maroons up by one. Moone hit a 3-pointer to put the Eagles on top and Lehan added an inside bucket with seven seconds left to give the Eagles a 21-17 lead after one quarter.
Roanoke went scoreless for nearly four minutes to start the second quarter and the Eagles stretched the lead to eight as Lehan and Chyna Roberts combined to go 4-for-4 at the foul line, pushing the margin to 25-17. The Eagles maintained the lead for the rest of the half and were up by four, 31-27 at the break.
A Bridgewater third-quarter dry spell lasting five minutes led to a 10-0 Roanoke run that turned a five-point deficit into a five-point, 43-38, Roanoke lead. Moone converted a three-point play to pull the Eagles back to within two, 43-41 with 3:18 left in the third quarter. A layup by Moone tied the score at 45-45 and two foul shots by Rebecca Harvey pulled the Eagles even at 47-47. Two free throws by Corinne McPadden in the final minute put Roanoke ahead 49-47 heading into the final quarter.
Bridgewater (1-4, 0-1 in the ODAC) returns to action on Dec. 6 when the Eagles host Emory & Henry.