BRIDGEWATER, Va. – On Saturday afternoon in Nininger Hall, the Guilford Quakers (14-3, 7-1 ODAC) turned 18 Bridgewater miscues into a 27-7 advantage in points off of turnovers as the Quakers took down the Eagles by a 70-53 tally in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women's basketball action.
Bridgewater (7-7, 5-3 ODAC) struck first out of the gate in what was a back and forth affair in the early part of the contest. Senior guard Jessica Mullen knocked in a step-back trey just 37 ticks into the contest to give the Eagles a 3-0 advantage.
Guilford, the top team in the league standings, quickly responded with five unanswered points to take the lead before the Eagles answered with another Mullen trey to regain a 6-5 edge with 16:14 to play in the first half.
The back-and-forth contest continued with Bridgewater taking the lead back with 12:40 to play in the opening stanza off of a pair of Molly Shelley free throws. Mullen knocked in a layup to follow the pair of buckets from the charity stripe to build a 17-14 lead for the Eagles with 12:03 to play in the opening stanza.
Guilford's Kayla Adams knocked in a trey to tie the score up at 17 each before forward Logan Hardin buried a jumper to put the Quakers back in front.
Junior Holy Morgan knocked in a jumper with 9:16 to play in the first half to tie the game at 21 points apiece before the Quakers used a run to build its biggest lead to that point in the contest.
With 7:45 to go in the first half, Guilford guard Brittany Atwarer hit a layup and kick-started a 14-4 run for the Quakers which put the Eagles in a 35-25 hole.
Sophomore Shannan Thorne ended the half with a layup to draw the Guilford lead to just eight points at a 35-27 tally at the intermission.
Mullen dropped 10 points in the first 20 minutes to lead all scorers, while the Quakers shot at a stout 45.7% clip from the floor in the first half.
Out of the halftime break, both teams traded scores before a Cassidy Burkholder jumper trimmed the Guilford lead to six with 17:33 to play.
Bridgewater held the lead at 6-to-8 points for the next two minutes before back-to-back Guilford jumpers pushed the Quakers' lead back to double figures at a 45-35 tally.
Following layups from both teams, a pair of Bridgewater layups from Mullen and Morgan brought the Eagles back to within six points at a 47-41 tally with 13 and a half minutes to go in the game.
Over the next four minutes, the Eagles went cold from the floor and netted just two points from the charity stripe as Guilford used an 8-2 outburst to establish a 55-43 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Senior Katelynn Hottinger ended the run with a jumper before sophomore Kelsie Floyd knocked in a layup to bring the lead back to a manageable eight points, 55-47.
Guilford answered in a big way after the Floyd layup. The Quakers went on a 12-4 run over the next five minutes to put the Eagles in a deep hole at a 67-51 tally with 3:35 to play.
Mullen ended the run with a layup, but it was the final score of the game for the Eagles as Guilford pulled away to a 70-53 victory over Bridgewater.
On the offensive end, Mullen led the way for the Eagles with a team-high 18 points. Morgan added nine, while Hottinger chipped in seven points in the loss.
Hottinger paced the way for the Eagles on the glass, with a game-high eight boards as the Quakers held a slim 40-39 advantage in the rebounding department.
Guilford center Morgan King tallied a game-high 19 points for the Quakers on a 9-of-13 afternoon from the floor. Hardin knocked in 10 points to aid the Quakers offense. Guilford shot at a blistering 61.5% clip from the field in the second half and owned a 48-30 advantage in the paint.
Gabby Oglesby tallied eight rebounds for the Quakers while King matched Oglesby's efforts with eight boards of her own. Oglesby also added four blocks and four assists in the win.
Bridgewater is back in action on Monday evening when Frostburg State comes to town for the final non-conference home game of the season. Tip-off against the Bobcats is set for 7 p.m.