SALEM, Va. – Randolph-Macon turned back a strong Bridgewater challenge in the third quarter to defeat Bridgewater College, 76-58, in the quarterfinals of the ODAC women's basketball tournament Thursday at the Salem Civic Center.
The Yellow Jackets led by 12 points, 36-24, at the half, but the Eagles cut the margin to four in the third quarter behind the strong offensive play of junior Briana Moore.
Randolph-Macon led 38-25 early in the third quarter and then Moore caught fire for the Eagles. Moore knocked down a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles to within 10 and a layup by Rebecca Harvey closed the gap to eight, 38-30.
Kelsey Wisner hit two foul shots for the Jackets before Moore drove the lane and converted a three-point play to trim the margin to seven. Moore then hit again from long range to draw the Eagles to within four, 40-36, with 6:45 left in the third quarter.
Jayla Wade made 3-for-4 free throws for Randolph-Macon before Moore drove inside for a layup, cutting the deficit back down to five, 43-38, with 5:01 left in the quarter.
Randolph-Macon outscored the Eagles 13-6 during the remainder of the quarter to lead by 12, 56-44, heading into the fourth quarter.
Moore led the Eagles with 18 points and Harvey added 12. Randolph-Macon's Kelly Williams, the ODAC Player of the Year, led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points and 24 rebounds. Wade and Teal Reynolds added 14 points each while Charlotte Woods finished with nine points and 16 rebounds.
The Eagles were whistled for 29 fouls as the Yellow Jackets took 41 free throws. Macon failed to take full advantage of their opportunities, making just 20-of-41 at the line. Bridgewater was 15-of-22 at the foul line.
Williams and Woods led the Yellow Jackets to a decisive 63-42 advantage on the boards. Nina Novosel led the Eagles with six rebounds.
Bridgewater finished the season with a 13-13 record.