LYNCHBURG, Va. - Bridgewater College cut a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit down to seven before the comeback ran out of steam as the Eagles fell 58-49 Saturday at Lynchburg College in ODAC women's basketball action.
An ice-cold shooting performance proved to be too much for the Eagles to ovecome. Bridgewater shot just 28.8 percent from the field, making just 19-of-66 shots.
Lynchburg led by eight points, 18-10 after the first quarter and upped the advantage to 16 points, 28-12, with 4:44 left in the second quarter. The Eagles then put together a 6-0 spurt to trail by 10 points, Jessalyn Monday and Nina Novosel scored on short jumpers and Rebecca Harvey made two foul shots to trim the deficit to 28-18 with 2:37 left in the half. Lynchburg's Alex Allen made two free throws and Caroline Naumann added a three-point play to push the margin back to 15 points, 33-18. Harvey scored inside and Ahlia Moone added a layup in the closing seconds as the Eagles pulled to within 33-22 at the half.
Bridgewater shot just 20 percent in the third quarter as the Hornets pulled away to a 19-point, 48-29, lead entering the final quarter.
The Hornets still led by 18 points, 50-32, when the Eagles' offense finally came to life with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to eight. Moone igited the run with eight straight points as she hit a pair of 3-pointers and a layup, making the score 50-40. Sydni Carey then scored on a driving layup and the Eagles trailed by just eight, 50-42, with 5:31 still to play.
The rally then stalled until a layup by Monday at the 1:41 mark pulled the Eagles to within seven, 54-47. Molly Shephard scored for the Hornets, but Briana Moore answered with a bucket for the Ealges to keep the margin at seven 56-49. with 1:02 remaining. The Eagles had a chance to pull closer when Madison Baum came away with a steal on Lynchburg's next possession, but Moone missed a contested shot and Naumann contriolled the rebound for the Hornets with just 47 seconds left. The Eagles were forced to foul and Naumann tacked on a pair of foul shots for the final points in the 58-49 Lynchburg win.
Moone was the only Bridgewater player in double figures as she came off the bench to score 16 points. Shephard led the winners with 17 points while Naumann finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
The Eagles, now 9-9 overall and 5-5 in the ODAC, are back in action Wednesday night when they travel to Winchester to play Shenandoah University.