January 31, 2013

W&L Women's Basketball Falls at Bridgewater, 63-44

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the opening 10 minutes of the game and cruised to a 63-44 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC women's basketball action on Thursday evening at Nininger Hall.

The Generals (7-11, 4-7) missed 11 of their first 12 shots from the floor and committed 12 turnovers as the Eagles (10-8, 7-4) amassed the early 12-point advantage.  W&L turned the ball over just twice for the remainder of the half, but shot only 8-for-30 (.267) from the floor in trailing 32-17 at the break.

W&L scored the first two buckets of the second half, one each from senior forwards Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Baylor) and Rachel Warrick (Herndon, Va. / Langley), to slice its deficit to 11-points at 32-21 with 18:37 to play.  However, the Eagles used a quick 6-0 burst to push back out to a 17-point advantage with 16:06 left.  Bridgewater would maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the game as the Generals dropped their first contest against the Eagles in the last three meetings.

For the game, W&L shot 33.9 percent (21-62) from the floor and just 1-for-11 (.091) from beyond the arc.  They finished with 23 total turnovers.  Warrick led the way with 17 points, while Wilson contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals.  First-year Wesleigh Vick (Raleigh, N.C. / St. David's School) added eight points and nine boards.

Bridgewater shot 38.5 percent (25-65) from the field and 9-of-12 (.750) from the foul line.  Junior guard Holly Morgan totaled 17 points  and nine rebounds, and senior guard Jessica Mullen added 14 points.  Senior center Katelynn Hottinger chipped in eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Wesleyan for a 4:00 pm contest.

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