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Wasps Pull Away For 80-58 Win Over Eagles

Claire Mocarski defends.

EMORY, Va. - Emory & Henry had a double-digit lead after one quarter Saturday afternoon and the Wasps pulled away for an 80-58 ODAC victory over Bridgewater College in the final game of the regular season.

Tessa Johnson scored on the first possession of the game for E&H, but Sydni Carey answered with a jumper to pull the Eagles even at 2-2. Johnston scored again and teammate Taylor Blevins added two free throws for a 6-2 Wasps lead.

Claire Mocarski worked inside to score for the Eagles, but a jumper by Kara Stafford and two free throws by Peyton Williams put the hosts ahead 10-4. 

Rebecca Harvey knocked down a 3-pointer to pull Bridgewater to within 10-7 with 3:52 left in the first quarter, but the Wasps outscored the Eagles 11-3 during the remainder of the quarter to lead 21-10. After Harvey's s three, Laken Blackburn scored on a layup and Chloe Harris hit a 3-pointer to put the Wasps up 15-7. Two free throws by Stafford and another layup by Blackburn made the score 19-7. A free throw by Carey and a a layup by Madison Baum trimmed the deficit to 19-10, but Harris hit a jumper at the buzzer, making the score 21-10.

The Wasps led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter. Harvey's 3-pointer with 26 seconds left on the clock sent the Eagles to locker room trailing by 14 points, 39-25, at the half. 

Two foul shots by Harvey and a bucket by Ahlia Moone cut the margin to 10 points, 39-29, to start the third quarter.

E&H's Sydney McKinney and Bridgewater's Vriana Moore traded hoops to keep the margin at 10 before a 9-2 spurt by the Wasps pushed the lead back to 17 points, 50-33. The margin stayed in double figures the rest of the way as the Wasps closed out the 80-58 victory.

Mocarski came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 11 points and seven rebounds. Baum and Harvey each finished with 10 points. The Wasps put four players in double figures with Blackburn leading the way with 16 points.

The Eagles finish the regular season with a 14-11 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the ODAC. Emory & Henry finishes 22-3 overall and 15-3 in conference play.