Last Saturday, January 18, the Roanoke College Women’s Basketball team traveled two hours north to face off against the Eagles of Bridgewater College. The Eagles played host to both the Maroons’ men and women basketball teams as part of a special weekend dedicated to their alumni. Despite arriving at a school where the entire day was supposed to be all about Bridgewater College, the Roanoke College ladies got off their bus determined to spoil their opponent’s day. From the very start of the game the Maroons played with the kind of energy that can only be obtained on a two hour bus ride that consisted of playing pranks on their coach and watching Beauty and the Beast.
The Maroons and Eagles battled back and forth through the first six and half minutes of the game, staying within one point of each other for the entire time. However, at the 13:36 mark Paxton Gwin sank a three pointer that sparked an eight point run for the Maroons, giving them a 17-8 lead over Bridgewater with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The crowd, led by a Bridgewater student dressed as Superman cheered for their home team to come back and try to take the half. The freshly motivated Eagles fought hard to come back from their nine point deficit and came back within one point of the Maroons. With 3:41 remaining in the half, Coach Dunagan subbed in three fresh legs for her team that proceeded to score 6 quick, unanswered points and played to keep their five point lead going into half time.
After a half time consisting of Bridgewater students playing basketball against the local Special Olympics team, the Eagles and Maroons emerged from their respective locker rooms to settle their unfinished business. Bridget Holleran struck first for the Maroons, sinking a three pointer to show the Eagles that they would not take the game back. The Maroons played the rest of the relaxing half, leading by as many as 15 points. The buzzer sounded to announce the end of the game with the scoreboard showing the score Maroons 78 to the Eagles 64. Paxton Gwin led the Maroons in points (24) and rebounds (8) followed by Laurel Hankins and Anna Carter with 14 and 12 points respectively. Laurel Hankins and Tatum McKee each contributed with 7 rebounds and Anna Carter added 5 rebounds of her own.
With this win over Bridgewater the Maroons hold a 7-7 record and a 3-3 record in ODAC competition. The Maroons return to play Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 PM when they host Randolph-Macon College.