ARLINGTON, Va. - In consolation round action at the Marymount University Tip-Off Tournament, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team couldn't overcome a cold-shooting afternoon from the floor as the Eagles fell by a 64-49 score on Saturday afternoon to Gettysburg College.
Bridgewater took an early lead when a Katelynn Hottinger jumper and a made free throw from sophomore Shannan Thorne gave the Eagles a 3-0 advantage in the early minutes of the contest.
Gettysburg quickly answered when Alyssa Isler buried a three-pointer to knot the game up at three points each.
The Eagles regained the lead momentarily on a Hottinger bucket from the charity stripe before things went cold from the floor.
Gettysburg went on a 10-3 run to build up a six-point lead in the middle portion of the first half as Bridgewater made just one shot from the field over a nearly seven minute stretch.
Senior Jessica Mullen ended the spurt from the Bullets with a jumper to trim the Gettysburg lead to 14-9 with 9:34 to play in the first half.
Bridgewater was able to cut the Gettysburg lead back to four points off of a Molly Shelley three with eight and change to play in the first, but the rest of the half went the way of the Bullets as Gettysburg opened a 36-24 halftime lead.
Out of the halftime break, the Eagles cut the Gettysburg lead to single-digits off of a layup from Hottinger and a made free throw from Shelley as the Bullets' lead stood at 36-27 with 18:12 to play.
Gettysburg's Jessica Porter responded with a jumper to build the lead back to double figures, but Bridgewater wouldn't go away.
The Eagles brought the Gettysburg lead back to six after a jumper from Jessi Strom and free throws from Mullen and Shelley carved the lead to 38-32 with 13:50 remaining.
After the mini-run from the Eagles, the Bullets effectively put the game away with a 9-2 run to build its lead to 47-34 with 11 and change left.
Bridgewater cut the lead back to single figures once more across the final 11 minutes but couldn't overcome a poor-shooting effort in a 64-49 loss to the Bullets.
Shelley led the Eagles offensively with 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting. The Simsbury, Conn. native knocked in a pair of three-pointers and also pulled down five rebounds to help lead the way for the Eagles on the afternoon. Bridgewater shot at an frigid 27.3% (15-of-55) clip from the field.
Thorne was outstanding on the glass, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds as the two teams ended the contest with 36 rebounds each. Bridgewater controlled the offensive glass with 16 boards on the offensive end.
Gettysburg was led by Isler's game-high 20 point outing. Isler finished 6-of-12 from the floor and buried a pair of threes for the Bullets. Gettysburg shot at a blistering 51.1% (24-of-47) clip from the floor.
The Bullets owned a 24-to-10 edge in points in the paint which proved to be a major difference in the outcome of the contest.
Bridgewater is back in action on Monday, November 26 when the Eagles travel to Catholic for a non-conference contest with the Cardinals. Start time is set for 7 p.m.