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Emory & Henry Women’s Basketball Blows By Bridgewater, 80-58, On Senior Day Saturday

E&H seniors and their families.
-photo courtesy of Kylie Lang

EMORY, Va. – The Emory & Henry College Women's Basketball Team (22-3, 15-3 ODAC) concluded the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 80-58 senior day victory over Bridgewater College (14-11, 8-10 ODAC). The Wasps honored their seven seniors in a ceremony prior to the start of the game.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE – Emory & Henry 80, Bridgewater 58
LOCATION – Emory, Virginia
VENUE – Bob Johnson Court at the John Rutledge King Center
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (22-3, 15-3 ODAC); Bridgewater (14-10, 8-10 ODAC)

How It Happened
- Emory & Henry built its lead across the opening eight minutes of the first period for a 19-7 advantage. The Wasps would go up 21-10 at the end of the frame.
- Early in the second, E&H kept the pressure on as it extended the lead to 18 (36-18) before BC finished the half on a 7-3 run for a 39-25 halftime score.
- Returning to action, the Eagles trimmed the margin down to 41-31 at the 7:09 mark of the third but the Wasps responded with six in a row to push the lead back to 16. Emory & Henry would extend the advantage to as much as 29 (78-49) with 4:45 to go in the game as it cruised to the 80-58 victory.

Emory & Henry Individual Leaders
- Senior forward Laken Blackburn (Wilkesboro, N.C.) led all players with 16 points and pulled down three rebounds while senior guard Tessa Johnston (High Point, N.C.) had 11 points and three boards.
- Senior forward Taylor Blevins (Abingdon, Va.) notched 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals while junior forward Kara Stafford (Bristol, Tenn.) had 10 points and three rebounds.
- Junior guard Peyton Williams (Saltville, Va.) added eight points, a career-high 18 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals.

Bridgewater Individual Leaders
- Claire Mocarski paced the Eagles with 11 points and seven rebounds while Madison Baum had 10 points, four assists three rebounds and two steals.
- Rebecca Harvey contributed 10 points and two rebounds to the cause.

 A Deeper Look
- Emory & Henry shot just 39 percent (23-for-59) for the game but was an efficient 31-for-40 (77.5%) at the free throw line.
- Bridgewater was a cold 21-of-66 (31.8%) from the field and made 65 percent (13-of-20) of its free throws.
- E&H posted a 52-38 rebounding advantage including 17 offensive boards. The Wasps led, 14-7, on second-chance points and 14-4 on fast-break buckets.
- The two squads equally made use of the space near the basket with Emory & Henry scoring 34 points and Bridgewater 32 points in the paint.

Up Next
- As one of the top-six finishers in the league this year, Emory & Henry has received a bye to the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals which will be played on Friday at the Salem Civic Center.
- The Wasps' opponent will be determined following the first round on Tuesday.