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Wasps Turn Back Eagles, 84-74

Ahlia Moone scored 18 points at Emory & Henry.

EMORY, Va. - Emory & Henry closed the first half with a 12-0 run to open up a 14-point lead and the Wasps went on to defeat Bridgewater College, 84-74, Saturday afternoon in ODAC women's basketball action.

The two teams lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter. The Eagles made 8-of-15 shots from the field in the first 10 minutes, including 2-of-3 from long range, along with a 5-of-6 effort at the foul line, yet still trailed by a point, 24-23.

Briana Moore put the Eagles on the scoreboard first, but Peyton Williams answered with a 3-pointer for a 3-2 E&H lead. A layup by Moore and a bucket by Rebecca Harvey put the Eagles up 8-5 with 6:44 left in the quarter.

Emory & Henry (11-4, 4-2 in the ODAC) regained the lead at 10-8 before a 3-pointer by Ahlia Moone and a layup by Moore gave Bridgewater a 13-10 advantage midway through the opening quarter. Another 3-pointer by Moone put the Eagles up 16-12 before Wasps' forward Sydney McKinney scored five straight points, giving the home team a 17-16 edge.

Bridgewater (7-7, 3-3 in the ODAC) gained the upper hand on a jumper by Moore, but the lead didn't last long as two foul shots by Kara Stafford and a layup by McKinney pushed the Wasps ahead 21-18. A bucket by Sydni Carey pulled the Eagles to within one, but Williams went 1-of-2 at the foul line and Jada Penn scored inside for a 24-21 E&H lead with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. Carey hit two foul shots with 24 seconds remaining to pull the Eagles to within one, 24-23, after one quarter of play.

Emory & Henry held the advantage until Harvey hit a jumper to put the Eagles on top 28-27 with 6:10 left in the second quarter. Taylor Blevins and Laken Blackburn scored to put the Wasps up by three points, but a bucket by Madison Baum made it a one-point game, 31-30. Two layups by McKinney gave the Wasps a five-point lead before Moore connected from long range to pull the Eagles to within two, 35-33, with 3:23 left in the first half.

The Eagles failed to score during the rest of the half and Wasps took advantage of the cold spell to close the half with a 12-0 run. Bridgewater went 0-for-4 from the field and turned the ball over three times on its final seven possessions. Meanwhile, the Wasps hit 5-of-7 shots to open up a 47-33 lead at the half.

Emory & Henry scored the first bucket of the second half to lead by 16 points and the lead was still 10 points, 55-45 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Moone then scored inside to cut the margin to single digits. McKinney scored on a layup to push the lead back to 10 points before a three-point play by Harvey trimmed the deficit to seven, 57-50, with 5:17 left in the quarter.

The Wasps turned back the Eagles' rally with an 8-0 flurry to lead by 15 points, 65-50, with 3:17 on the third-quarter clock. A 3-pointer by Moore and two free throws by Baum sliced the margin to 10 points, but the Wasps closed the quarter with a 6-2 spurt to lead 71-57 heading into the fourth quarter.

Emory & Henry kept its lead in double digits the entire fourth quarter to close out the 84-74 victory.

Moore led the Eagles with 21 points and Moone. a first-year guard, scored a season-high 18 points. Harvey hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor to finish with 15 points. The Wasps had four players in double figures, led by McKinney and Stafford with 17 points each.

Bridgewater returns to action Tuesday night when the Eagles make the short trip to Harrisonburg to play rival Eastern Mennonite. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.