Bridgewater College Women’s Basketball Defeats Emory and Henry

Eagles Start the Season 3-0

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The Bridgewater College women’s basketball team defeated Emory and Henry on Feb. 2. Junior guard Diamond Huskey inbounds the ball during the fourth quarter to continue the lead.

Jordan Davis, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – Before the BC women’s basketball game on Feb. 2, junior forward Diamond Huskey expressed the team’s confidence level leading up to the game. 

“We were very excited for this game after watching Emory and Henry’s scouting report,” said Huskey. “Our coach announced to us that their best player, in her opinion, will be not suiting up for our game.”

The Emory and Henry Wasps opened up the first quarter with an eight to two run. 

Junior guard Jaden Alsberry scored the final points for the Eagles in the first quarter with 42 seconds remaining on the clock — after being assisted by senior guard Madison Baum. 

The first quarter ended 18-19 with the Eagles trailing behind. The Eagles outscored the Wasps 20-12 in the second quarter to take a 38-31 lead at the half.

Junior forward Erika Nettles took the lead with a free throw, followed by three pointers from Nettles and senior guard Ahlia Moone. 

Freshman guard Jada Gross made a layup at the end of the half off of a defensive rebound by Nettles.

Wasp junior guard Taylor Gilbert scored the first jump shot of the third quarter. Nettles responded with a three-pointer, keeping the Eagles on-track to continue their lead. 

With 6:33 left in the third quarter, Gross led the Eagles into a 13-0 run after making nine straight points herself. 

A short jumper by Alsberry set the Eagles to lead by their largest difference of the night, 23 points. At the end of the quarter, the Eagles already had more than enough points for the win — leading 67-50. 

After the first 48 seconds of the final quarter, Wasps’ sophomore guard Amaya Lee got fouled by Huskey and made the first point of the quarter. 

Senior guard Josie Salyer of Emory and Henry scored the next two points to shorten the fifteen-point differential to thirteen, but it was not enough.

 As the Eagles maintained control of the fourth quarter, the Wasps were unable to close the point differential to anything less than thirteen. The Wasps outscored the Eagles 14-13 for the fourth quarter. 

Nettles, with her third start of the season, scored a career high of 22 points. Gross came off the bench to lead the Eagles with a game high of 26 points. 

Alsberry led the Eagles in rebounds with eight rebounds and 11 points. Moone led the Eagles with five assists, five steals and four points. 

“After the game, I learned more about my team,” explains Huskey. “In order to win, it takes more than just one person to carry the team. We have developed into an all-around team with clutch shots.”

The Eagles are tied for first with Randolph Macon in the ODAC with a 3-0 conference record. The Eagles will host Virginia Wesleyan on Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.