W&L Women's Basketball Dropped by Bridgewater, 99-92

W&L Women's Basketball Dropped by Bridgewater, 99-92

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Washington and Lee had three players score over 20 points, but it wasn't enough as Bridgewater defeated W&L, 99-92, in ODAC women's basketball action on Tuesday night at Nininger Hall.   

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for W&L (9-4, 3-2), which hadn't allowed more than 77 points in any game prior to giving up 99 to the Eagles (7-6, 3-2).

The game was tightly contested throughout as neither team led by more than nine points and there were 11 ties and six lead changes.

After the first 10 minutes of action the Eagles held a 24-15 advantage heading into the second period. W&L used a 7-0 run at the start of the second to pull within two (24-22) with 9:08 remaining. First-year guard Katie Popp (Rye, N.Y. / Rye) ignited the spurt with a three-pointer and senior forward Emma Redding (Allentown, Pa. / Central Catholic) and first-year guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C. / Ravenscroft School) each added a layup.

The Generals took their first lead of the contest (28-26) at the 7:38 mark off of back-to-back three-pointers from Popp. The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the period with W&L holding a slim 46-45 edge at halftime. Popp was hot in the opening 20 minutes scoring 17 first-half points.

Bridgewater used a 7-0 spurt in the first three minutes of the third period to assume a 52-46 advantage and would not trail for the remainder of the contest. Junior guard Briana Moore scored the final four points of the Eagles' run. Sophomore forward Stuart Ayer (Charlotte, N.C. / Myers Park) hit a layup at the 6:52 mark to give W&L its first basket of the second half. The Eagles maintained their lead through the remainder of the quarter and held a 72-69 edge heading into the fourth.

The two teams traded baskets through much of the fourth period with W&L pulling within one-point multiple times. The Generals trailed 83-82 following a pair of free throws from senior guard Emily Perszyk (Greendale, Wis. / Greendale) at the 4:25 mark, but six-straight points from the Eagles pushed their lead to seven (90-83) with 2:44 left. Redding hit a layup and Popp split a pair of free throws to pull W&L within four (90-86) with 1:30 left. The two teams traded baskets in the final 1:30, but Bridgewater hit 9-of-10 from the free throw line to secure the victory.

W&L shot 48.4 percent (31-64) from the field and hit 6-of-15 (.400) from behind the arc. The Generals also went 24-of-29 (.828) from the free throw line. Redding tallied a career-high 23 points, going 10-of-12 from the floor. She also registered four rebounds and four blocks. Popp totaled 22 points, while Perszyk finished with 21 points and a career-best eight assists. Hughes added 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

Bridgewater shot 52.3 percent (34-65) from the floor and hit 29-of-36 (.806) from the charity stripe. The Eagles hit just 2-of-8 (.250) from behind the arc, but held a 41-32 edge on the glass. Moore led BC with 22 points, while senior center Kaitlyn Lehan and junior forward Rebecca Harvey each tallied 15 points. Lehan also pulled down eight rebounds. First-year guard Madison Baum finished with 14 points and senior forward Jessalyn Monday added 11 points.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Randolph for a 4:30 pm contest.

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