Generals ride big third-quarter run to 80-61 win at Bridgewater

Erin Addison

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – A 20-0 run in the third quarter, spanning more than seven minutes of game time, led the Washington and Lee women's basketball team to an 80-61 win at Bridgewater on Wednesday evening.

Both sides got off to slow starts, as the Eagles (14-10, 8-9 ODAC) held just a 6-4 lead through more than five minutes of the first quarter. W&L's (16-8, 12-5 ODAC) first field goal of the game didn't come until the 4:12 mark, courtesy of a pull up jumper just inside the arc from first-year guard Erin Addison (Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington) to even the score.

Bridgewater scored the next four points, before the Generals took their first lead of the game with a 9-2 run over a 1:09 span. Both teams tallied two more points before the end of the quarter, leaving W&L ahead by three through one quarter of play.

After a layup from junior guard Taylor Casey (Brentwood, Tenn./Franklin Road Academy) opened the scoring in the second, the Eagles scored five straight points to even the score at 19-19. Addison then scored the next six points in the game to put the Generals back up by six, capped by a behind-the-back crossover to lose her defender, before hitting a layup while being fouled.

Bridgewater was able to match W&L the rest of the way, however, and edged the Blue and White, 12-10, over the final 6:18 of the half. 

The Eagles came out of halftime and scored seven of the first 11 points during the first 2:07 of the third before W&L took control of the game by scoring 20 unanswered points to move ahead, 59-38, with 1:13 left in the quarter. Casey led the way during the run with 10 points, including a pair of triples.

Bridgewater answered by edging the Generals, 6-4, over the remainder of the quarter, before both teams tallied 18 points in the final frame, with the Eagles coming as close as 13 points (63-50) at the 9:01 mark of the fourth.

Casey and sophomore guard Erin Hughes (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) tallied 22 points apiece to lead the W&L offense. Hughes shot 9-of-16 from the field, 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, and added one rebound, two assists and a steal. Casey's 22 points came on 7-for-14 shooting from the field, including 3-for-7 from long range, to go along with five rebounds and a pair of assists.

With her trio of triples, Casey inched closer to third place on the career made three-pointers leaderboard, needing just three more to tie Kari Ann Pfannenstein '12 (152).

Addison turned in a season-high 19 points, including 15 in the first half, on 6-of-10 shooting overall, 2-for-3 on three pointers, and added five rebounds and an assist in the game. First-year guard Jordan Diehl (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) logged her fourth consecutive game with double-digit rebounds with 13 in the contest, one off her season high, in addition to four assists and five points. 

Bridgewater was led by senior center Allie Coburn, who scored 17 points, while sophomore guard Madison Baum tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Senior guard Briana Moore scored 15 points and added five rebounds for the Eagles.

For the game, the Generals made 44.3 percent (27-of-61) of their shots, including 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from long range, while limiting the Eagles to 40.6 percent (26-of-64) shooting overall and 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from three-point land. The Generals forced five more turnovers than the Eagles, and held a 24-15 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Generals will conclude the 2018-19 regular season on Saturday when they host Ferrum at 2:00 pm, with Senior Day festivities taking place prior to tip-off.