BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's basketball team recovered from a 13-point first-half deficit to emerge with a 62-53 win over Bridgewater College at Nininger Hall on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles (6-3, 4-2 ODAC) opened scoring the game's first six points, prompting W&L (4-6, 2-3 ODAC) to call timeout at the 15:35 mark of the opening half. A layup by junior forward Katy Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor) out of the stoppage put W&L on the board (6-2), but the Eagles scored 12 of the game's next 15 points to go up 18-5 on a Shannan Thorne layup with 9:34 to play.
However, the Generals rallied to outscore BC, 21-6, the rest of the half, including eight points from senior forward Becca Bolton (Pittsboro, N.C./Chatham Central), to assume a 26-24 lead at the break. W&L limited Bridgewater to 3-of-10 shooting and forced seven turnovers during the run.
The Eagles began the second half on a 10-4 scoring run to assume a 34-30 lead by the 16:01 mark. BC still led, 43-40, with 7:54 to play before a pair of Bolton layups and four free throws from senior guard Meg Ingram (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) propelled the Generals to a 48-46 lead that they would not relinquish with 5:04 to play. The Blue and White hit four of their last five shots from the field, and 6-of-10 free throws in holding of Bridgewater down the stretch.
For the game, the Generals shot 40.8 percent (20-49) from the field and forced Bridgewater into 23 turnovers. BC shot 43.9 percent (18-41) from the floor and out-rebounded the Generals, 30-29.
Bolton led W&L with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field to go with 10 rebounds and five steals. Ingram chipped in 13 points and five assists. Wilson contributed a strong floor game with seven points, six steals, five boards and four assists.
Jessica Mullen notched 11 points to lead the Eagles. She also added five assists and four steals. Thorne added 10 points and eight rebounds and Katelynn Hottinger netted 10 points off the bench.
W&L returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Eastern Mennonite at 7:00 pm.