Women’s Basketball Loses By Four Points

Eagles Defeated by Bullets in First Round of Tip-Off Tournament

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  • The women’s basketball team huddles around their coach during their game against Gettysburg College.

    Photo by Olivia Car

  • Women’s Basketball Head Coach Sarah Mathews gives her team a pep talk as they take the court to play the Bullets.

    Photo by Olivia Carson

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Olivia Carson, Staff Writer

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – In the first round of Bridgewater’s 2019 Tip-Off Tournament, the Eagles were defeated by Gettysburg. 

While it was only a four point loss, statistics showed the Eagles had less turnovers than their opponent. The Gettysburg Bullets finished the game with a total of thirty-three turnovers compared to Bridgewater’s fifteen.

In the last few seconds of the first quarter, junior guard Madison Baum had a steal and a layup to put the Eagles at a four point lead heading into the second quarter. 

The Bullets scored five straight points to tie up the score in the second quarter and then proceeded to take their biggest lead of the half, 37-29, with three minutes left. 

Freshman guard Jasmyn Pierce and junior forward Claire Mocarski collectively scored a total of eight points at the end of the first half to bring the score to 38-37. The Bullets made a three pointer to take the lead until junior guard Ahlia Moone answered with three points to leave the Eagles in the lead at the half. 

The score was brought to a tie midway through the third quarter until junior guard Ashley Gehrin powered twelve straight points for the Bullets by scoring the first eight. 

The Eagles outscored the Bullets 11-4 in the start of the fourth quarter. With seven and a half minutes left in the game, freshman guard Mary Ruth Shifflett knocked down a three pointer giving Bridgewater a one point lead against the Bullets.

Shifflett was able to score with just eleven seconds left in the game, but freshman guard Tori Yantsos scored the Bullets’ final winning points when she made one of two foul shots. 

Fellow Bridgewater student athlete and spectator on Saturday evening, Keirsten Kennedy, expressed that she really enjoys watching basketball and is extremely excited to attend more games and see how the Eagles do the rest of this season. 

“The girls put up a good fight against Gettysburg. I am anxious to see how the team does tomorrow against CNU,” said Kennedy. “It seems like Bridgewater has a pretty good group of girls this year, and I can’t wait to see how well they work together the rest of the season.” 

The Eagles played again against Christopher Newport Sunday, Nov. 17, to finish up this season’s tip-off tournament where they were defeated once again, 106-67.