Pfeiffer women rally to top Bridgewater at home

Published 6:50 pm Saturday, January 1, 2022

The Pfeiffer University women’s basketball team closed the 2021 calendar year with a 74-64 comeback win in the final nonconference game of the season over visiting Bridgewater College on Thursday afternoon at Merner Gym.

Pfeiffer (5-7) trailed by as many as 13 points (52-39) at the 3:39 mark of the third quarter.  The Falcons would go on a 10-0 run to cut the Eagle lead to 52-49 after a sophomore Jahlea Peters (Hickory, N.C.) knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:21 left in the quarter.

After Bridgewater (5-5) went up 54-49, a three-pointer from freshman Kenadie Hudler (Jefferson, N.C.) cut the Eagle lead to 54-52, a lead they would hold after the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the teams traded the lead through the first 4:31 of the quarter, with Pfeiffer taking the 61-60 lead after Tanaeshea Ellison (Asheboro, N.C.) hit a pair of free throws.

Pfeiffer would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way, eventually taking the 74-64 win.

As a team, the Falcons shot 33.8% from the field (22-of-65) and hit eight three pointers.  Pfeiffer also had a good day at the foul line, going 22-of-30 (73.3%)

Individually, four Falcons achieved double-figures, with freshman Alexis Bynum (Charlotte, N.C.) and Hudler each scoring 13.  Ellison and Brina Bentley (Chester, Va.) finishing with 12 points apiece.  Ellison and Bentley also had a team-high seven rebounds each.

Mya Johnson (Roxboro, N.C.) had a terrific outing defensively, completing her day with five rebounds and three steals.

Pfeiffer also forced 33 Bridgewater turnovers while recording 24 steals, converting the Eagle miscues into 28 points.

The Falcons will return to action on Jan. 4 as they host a USA South game against Averett University.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Merner Gym.