BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After a lengthy layoff for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team will look to get a winning streak going when it returns to action this week with a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) road contests.
On Wednesday evening, the Eagles get back to the hardwood with a 7 p.m. showdown with Lynchburg College before making the trip down I-81 on Saturday for a 4 p.m. matchup with Emory & Henry.
Bridgewater is coming off of a convincing 82-29 victory over Sacred Heart (PR) in the final game of the San Juan Puerto Rico Classic. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Eagles and sent the squad into 2013 on a positive note.
The Eagles continue to be led by the play of senior guard Jessica Mullen. Mullen is averaging 14.7 points per game, which ranks her fifth in the conference in scoring average. The Purcellville, Va. native is also averaging three steals per game which is good enough for third in the conference.
Behind Mullen, a trio of players provides balanced scoring for a Bridgewater offense that is averaging 57.9 points per game.
Freshman Cassidy Burkholder has been a strong addition for the Eagles, earning her first career start in Bridgewater's victory over Sacred Heart (PR) and averaging 6.9 points per game.
Sophomore Shannan Thorne has also been solid, averaging 6.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Thorne's rebounding average places her in the runner-up spot in the league and aids the Eagles to the second-highest rebound average in the ODAC at 44.7 rebounds per game.
Junior Holly Morgan adds in 6.4 points per game for the Eagles offense and is shooting at a 35% clip on the year.
Lynchburg enters Wednesday evening's game as the hottest team in the league, winning its last five contests and owning a 7-3 overall record. The Hornets ran off a perfect 5-0 record during the month of December and capped off the perfect month with an eight-point victory over N.C Wesleyan.
Entering Wednesday's contest with the Eagles, Lynchburg ranks third in the league in scoring averaging 66 points per game. Lynchburg is paced on the offensive end by the production of the ODAC's leading scorer and 2012 All-ODAC third teamer Shannon Allan. Allan has been in double figures in eight of Lynchburg's 10 contests, including a 32-point outpouring against Dickinson College.
Behind Allan, a pair of freshmen provides a solid scoring threat for the Hornets. Guard Sammi Goldsmith is averaging 9.7 points per game and tallied a career-high 21 points in Lynchburg's near miss against Dickinson. Freshman forward Chaney Forbush adds 8.6 points per game for the Hornets and has been in double-figures five times, including a 19-point effort in Lynchburg's 58-45 victory over Hollins.
Saturday's trip to Southwest Virginia will see the Eagles tangle with one of the league's top scoring offenses when they meet up with Emory & Henry.
The Wasps enter Saturday's contest with a 5-5 overall record but remain unbeaten in league play with wins over Randolph and Shenandoah.
Emory & Henry boasts the league's top scoring offense, averaging 72.2 points per game, while also having the top three-point shooting squad in the league, shooting at a 36.3% clip from long range.
Along with their shooting prowess, the Wasps are also strong at the charity stripe, shooting at a league-best 72.2%.
Emory & Henry is paced on the offensive end by three players who average double figures. Sophomore guard Michelle Williams leads the Wasps with 15.7 points per game, while freshman Karina Farr and sophomore Kristie Langley chip in 13.5 and 12.8 points per game, respectively.
On the glass, the Wasps rank fourth in the league averaging 44.1 boards per game. Emory & Henry is second in the league in defensive rebounds per game with 29.6 and are paced by Farr's 11.6 boards per game.
For fans that are unable to attend, both games will be streamed with live video, while live stats will also be available for both contests.