DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bridgewater College was unable to overcome a cold shooting performance Thursday as the Eagles dropped a 63-61 decision in overtime to Clark University at the Land Of Magic Classic.
Clark's Jamad Fiin hit two 3-pointers in the final minute of overtime to lift the Cougars to the victory.
Bridgewater led by 11 points, 29-18, at the half, but the Cougars outscored the Eagles 19-8 in the third quarter to even the score at 37-37. Clark scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to lead to 42-37. During Clark's run to take the lead, Bridgewater made just 2-of-17 shots from the floor.
Bridgewater rallied and tied the score, 44-44, on a 3-pointer by Briana Moore with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter. The Eagles regained the lead with 4:38 on the clock when Allie Coburn scored on a short jumper, making the score 48-47.
With the score tied at 49-49, Bridgewater's Sydni Carey put the Eagles up by two with a jumper, but Idalis Miranda answered with a jumper for the Cougars to tie the score at 51-51 with 50 seconds remaining. The Eagles turned the ball over on their next possession, but Miranda missed a shot at the buzzer as the game headed to overtime.
In the extra session, two foul shots by Madison Baum put the Eagles out front 57-55 with 2:11 on the clock. After Fiin made 1-of-2 at the line, Jessalyn Monday made a pair of free throws for a 59-56 Bridgewater lead with 1:33 left.
Fiin erased the deficit and tied the score with a 3-pointer with 47 seconds to go, but Baum made 2-of-2 at the line to put the Eagles on top 61-59 with 25 seconds left to play.
Fiin then missed a 3-pointer, but she chased down the long rebound and hit her next shot from long range, giving the Cougars a one-point lead with nine seconds left. Bridgewater's Kaitlyn Lehan missed a shot from in close and Clark's Haley Wilder controlled the rebound. Wilder was fouled and made 1-of-2 foul shots with one second left for the final margin of victory.
The Eagles made just 19-of-75 shots for 25.3 percent from the floor. Clark, after making just 8-for-29 (27.6 percent), heated up following the halftime break and made just under 50 percent of its shots the rest of the way, going 16-for-33 in the second half and overtime.
Moore just missed a double-double as she led the Eagles with 18 points while also grabbing nine rebounds. Lehan posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Baum also reached double figures with 11 points. Fiin paced the Cougars with 20 points.
Despite struggling from the field in the first half, the Eagles opened up a double-digit lead.
Clark got on the scoreboard first with a bucket by Wilder, but Moore and Lehan hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 6-2 Bridgewater lead.
Another bucket by Wilder pulled the Cougars to within 7-6 before a 9-0 spurt pushed the Eagles' lead to double figures. A 3-pointer by Ahlia Moone and a layup by Moore put the Eagles on top 12-6. Moone and Baum then added buckets for a 16-6 Bridgewater lead with 3:24 left in the opening quarter.
Clark reeled off five straight points before a layup by Lehan gave the Eagles an 18-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles maintained the lead throughout the second quarter and took their biggest lead when Moone knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 27-13 with 4:25 remaining in the half.
Miranda connected from long range and Hannah Favalaro added a layup as Clark cut the margin back to single digits, 27-18. Baum closed the half with a short jumper, sending the Eagles to the locker room with a 29-18 halftime lead.
Bridgewater returns to action Friday morning when the Eagles play Bridgewater State. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.