BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater College scored on its first four possessions Saturday afternoon to take a quick 9-0 lead and the Eagles pulled away for an 89-38 victory over Hood College in non-conference action.
Point guard Madison Baum had a hand in Bridgewater's first three buckets. Baum droved the lane on the first possession and kicked a pass out to Jessalyn Monday for an open 3-pointer to put the Eagles on the board. Baum dished off to Kaitlyn Lehan for a a bucket and then the first-year guard drove the lane and converted a layup for a 7-0 Eagles' lead. After a steal by Baum, Briana Moore drove inside for a layup to put the Eagles ahead 9-0 with 7:48 left in the opening quarter.
Denisha Robinson scored inside for Hood's first points, but Nina Novosel answered for the Eagles, making the score 11-2. Hood's Amanda Hackney and Bridgewater's Sydni Carey traded jumpers before the Eagles reeled off six more points to take a comfortable lead. Carey knocked down a pair of 15-footers and Rebecca Harvey added a short jumper for a 19-4 Eagles' lead.
After two foul shots by Hood's Ebony Pitt, the Eagles added another 6-0 spurt. Novosel and Lehan each turned an offensive rebound into a bucket and another layup by Lehan, this one off an assist from Carey, made the score 25-6.
Pitt added a layup for the Blazers, but Moore drove the baseline and converted a three-point play with two seconds left on the clock, giving the Eagles a 28-8 lead after one quarter.
Bridgewater (4-4) continued to control play in the second quarter and led 46-18 at the half.
All 12 Bridgewater players scored with four reaching double figures. Moore led the Eagles with 14 points. Lehan and Carey each scored 12 points and Harvey added 11. Baum had a solid floor game with four points, six rebounds and seven assists. Allie Coburn and Monday provided strong interior play as the duo combined for 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Bridgewater dominated the boards by a 60-30 margin. Lehan grabbed eight rebounds and Novosel added seven. Coburn, Baum and Tiara Jackson each pulled down six rebounds while Carey and Monday had five boards each.
The Eagles made 35-of-74 shots from the field for 47.3 percent. Bridgewater also made 15-of-18 foul shots for 83.3 percent. The Bridgewater defense held the Blazers to 24.1 percent shooting as the visitors made just 13-of-54 shots. The Eagles limited Hood's two leading scorers - Maggie Tien and Mia Savoy - to a combined three points. Both players entered the game scoring in double figures.
After taking a break for Christmas, the Eagles will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., for two games at the Land of Magic Classic. Bridgewater plays Clark University on Dec. 28 and then faces Bridgewater State on Dec. 29.
The Eagles return home on Jan. 6 when they host Lynchburg College in an ODAC matchup.