BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team opened the season with a pair of losses at the Marymount Tournament but will look to get into the wins column this week with three contests on the docket, including a pair of key conference games.
Bridgewater travels to Catholic on Monday evening before heading to Hollins on Wednesday evening for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener. On Saturday, the Eagles return to Nininger Hall for their home opener against the Roanoke Maroons.
The Eagles opened the season with a pair of double-digit losses at the Marymount Tip-Off Tournament in Arlington, Va. Bridgewater fell to the host Saints by a 73-57 tally in the season opener before dropping a 64-49 decision to Gettysburg in the consolation round.
Bridgewater is paced on the offensive end by senior Jessica Mullen's 12.5 points per game. Mullen scored 18 points in the opener with Marymount, including 16 second-half points. Fellow senior Katelynn Hottinger is also in double figures for the Eagles, averaging 10.5 points per game.
In the rebounding department, sophomore Shannan Thorne has been impressive in her second season with the program, picking up where she left off after a solid rookie campaign. Thorne is averaging 13.5 rebounds per game despite Bridgewater being out-rebounded by a 36-to-34 margin.
The Eagles travel to Catholic on Monday evening to tangle with a Cardinals team that is unbeaten on the year with a 3-0 mark. Catholic owns victories over perennial ODAC powers Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan and also took down Marymount before Thanksgiving.
In Catholic's victory over Randolph-Macon, the Cardinals limited the Yellow Jackets to just 28% shooting on the evening to win in convincing fashion by a 74-49 tally. Catholic had four players in double figures, paced by Katarina Owunna's 21-point effort.
Catholic held Virginia Wesleyan to a 26% effort from the floor in a 68-54 victory at Randolph-Macon. The Cardinals were again balanced offensively, and were paced by a 21-point outing from Jill Woerner.
In their home opener against Marymount, the Cardinals knocked down five treys and limited the visiting Saints to a 0-for-7 effort from beyond the arc in a 72-59 victory.
Catholic is led offensively by Woerner's 19.3 points per game. The Cardinals average four players in double figures with Owunna averaging near double-double numbers with 11 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. On the glass, Catholic out-rebounds its opponents by an average of six boards per game (46-40).
Bridgewater owns the all-time series with the Cardinals, winning the lone contest between the two teams by a 64-63 margin at the Johns Hopkins Bluejay Classic in 1994.
Hollins enters the week with a 1-2 overall record with its lone win coming before Thanskgiving at Mary Baldwin. Hollins dropped contests with William Peace and Salem to open the year before routing the Fighting Squirrels by a 66-26 margin on the road.
On the year, Jasmine Greene continues to lead Hollins on the offensive end. Greene is averaging 16 points per game and poured in a season high 27 points in Hollins' near miss against Salem. Hollins is shooting at a 38% clip on the year, but has been plagued by an average of 26 turnovers per night, including 32 miscues in its loss to Salem.
On the glass, Hollins is led by Chanci Wright's eight rebounds per game as Hollins averages 53 rebounds per game as a team while holding its opponents to 49.
Bridgewater owns a lengthy winning streak against Hollins, winning 60 straight contests, dating back to the early 1980's.
Bridgewater's final matchup of the week will see the Eagles host Roanoke for the home opener in Nininger Hall. The Maroons enter the week with a 1-3 overall record and will host Christopher Newport on Monday evening at the Homer Bast Center before travelling to Bridgewater on Saturday afternoon.
Roanoke dropped its season opener with Washington and Lee by a 46-34 tally before being tripped up by York College by a 57-34 margin. The Maroons picked up their first win of the year with a 74-60 victory over N.C. Wesleyan before falling before Thanksgiving break to Salem College by a 57-47 margin.
The Maroons are shooting just 29% from the field on the season with Paxton Gwin's 15 points per game leading the offense. Gwin dumped in a season-high 27 points in Roanoke's victory over the Battling Bishops and has been in double figures in three of Roanoke's four contests to date.
Gwin also paces the Maroons on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game as Roanoke is out-rebounding its opponents by a 46-to-44 margin.
Bridgewater's won three straight against the Maroons, with its last loss coming in overtime at Roanoke in 2011.
Saturday's contest with the Maroons also marks the Eagles' annual Toy Drive game. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to Saturday's doubleheader to receive free admission into the contest. The women open Saturday's doubleheader with a 1 p.m. contest against Roanoke before the men tangle with Emory & Henry at 3 p.m.