NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - For the second straight game, the Bridgewater women's basketball team controlled play in the fourth quarter to rally for victory. Saturday, the Eagles outscored Apprentice School 20-9 in the final quarter to erase a seven-point deficit and take a 73-69 win over the Builders.
Appentice led 60-53 at the end of third quarter and pushed the lead to double digits when Julissa Riddick scored on a layup to make it 63-53 with eight minutes left in the game. The Builders took their biggest lead, 66-55, when Ylexzis Yeager grabbed an offensive rebound and scored while being fouled. She made the free throw to convert the three-point play, giving the hosts an 11-point lead with 6:35 left.
A layup by Nina Novosel and a 3-pointer by Rebecca Harvey trimmed the deficit down to six, 66-60, with 5:15 remaining. After an Apprentice turnover, Novosel chased down an offensive rebound and hit a short jumper to cut the margin to four, 66-62, with 4:16 left. The teams traded empty possessions before a three-point play by Harvey made it a one-point game, 66-65, wth three minutes to go.
The Builders turned the ball over again and Harvey made two foul shots to put the Eagles ahead, 67-66, at the 2:50 mark. The Builders missed a 3-point attempt and Harvey followed by connecting from long range to put the Eagles up 70-66 with 1:42 left. Traeger broke the long scoring drought with a layup for the Builders and, following an Eagles' turnover, Riddick made 1-of-2 foul shots with 1:03 remaining to pull Apprentice to within one, 70-69.
Harvey missed from in close on Bridgewater's next possession, but the Builders were unable to control the rebound as the ball went out of bounds with the Eagles retaining possession. Briana Moore was fouled with 19 seconds left and the Eagles' guard made 1-of-2 foul shots, making the score 71-69. Yeager missed a shot from in close, but Riddick grabbed the offensive rebounds for the Builders. Riddick then turned the ball over and Apprentice was forced to foul Moone with just five seconds left. The Eagles rookie iced the game by hitting both free throws for the final 73-69 margin of victory.
The Eagles utilized a balanced offensive attack with five players scoring eight or more points. Bridgeawter received a huge boost off the bench with two players - Harvey and Moone - scoring in double figures. Harvey led the Eagles with with 16 points. She scored 11 of those points in the final six minutes of the game. The junior forward hit 5-of-10 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Kaitlyn Lehan just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds while Moone added 12 points. Moore and Jessalyn Monday also just missed double-doubles. Moore scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds while Monday scored eight points and led the Eagles in rebounds with 10.
Bridgewater is off until next Saturday when the Eagles host Hood College in the annual Toy Drive Game. Fans donating a new, unwrapped toy at the gate will receive free admission. Game time is 2:00 p.m.