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Eagles Look to Stay Hot with Three Game Home Stand

Eagles Look to Stay Hot with Three Game Home Stand


BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After back-to-back wins over Lynchburg and Emory & Henry, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team will play a non-conference game to open the week and will round things out with a pair of pivotal conference contests in a busy home week in Nininger Hall.

Bridgewater is in the midst of a three-game winning streak after a pair of road victories last week in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play. The winning streak for the Eagles was started in Puerto Rico as the Eagles upended Sacred Heart (PR) in the final game of the San Juan Puerto Rico Classic.

Senior Jessica Mullen tallied her second game of the season with 20 or more points in Saturday's 65-55 victory over Emory & Henry in a contest that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. Mullen scored 17 second-half points to push her career scoring total over 1,000 points. The Purcellville, Va. native is just the 18th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier and currently resides in 17th place on the career scoring list with 1,002 total points. Mullen will be honored prior to Monday's game for her milestone accomplishment. 

On the year, Mullen is averaging 15.8 points per game which ranks her second in the ODAC. 

Bridgewater has been stellar on the defensive end all season, holding opponents to just 54.8 points per game, which ranks third in the conference. The Eagles lead the league in steals with 12.9 per game.

On the glass, sophomore Shannan Thorne continues to lead the ODAC in rebounds, averaging 10.9 per contest.

On Monday evening, the Eagles play a non-conference opponent, Mary Baldwin, to open the three-game home set. The Fighting Squirrels are struggling out of the gate having lost their first 10 games of the season. Mary Baldwin enters Monday evening's game fresh off of a 68-14 loss to William Peace on Saturday. Tip time against the Fighting Squirrels is set for 7 p.m.

Mary Baldwin is averaging just 28.7 points per game and is shooting just south of 22% from the floor. Offensively, the Squirrels are paced by the play of sophomore guard Shanice Miles. Miles is averaging 11.3 points per game and also paces the way for the Fighting Squirrels on the glass with 8.2 boards per game.

Behind Miles, senior forward Shamanda Washington is averaging 7.2 points per game despite shooting just under 20% on the year.

Since the 1981-82 season, Bridgewater owns a 22-2 record against Mary Baldwin and has reigned supreme the last 19 times the two teams have met.

On Wednesday evening, Bridgewater welcomes Virginia Wesleyan to Nininger Hall for the biggest conference challenge to date for the Eagles. Virginia Wesleyan is 7-5 on the year and owns a 3-1 ODAC record coming into the week. Tip off against the Marlins is set for 7 p.m.

The Marlins have won their last two games after dropping back-to-back contests to wrap up the 2012 portion of the schedule. On Saturday, Virginia Wesleyan built a large first half lead and held off a second-half charge from Hollins to post a 57-53 victory on the road.

Virginia Wesleyan has the third-best scoring offense in the league, averaging 65 points per game. Sophomore guard Sarah Seipp paces the way for the Marlins with 14.4 points per game which ranks the reigning ODAC Rookie of the Year fifth in the conference. Seipp also ranks fourth in the league in steals per game with 2.4.

Entering Wednesday's game, the Marlins own a two-game winning streak against the Eagles after sweeping Bridgewater last season. Bridgewater owns the series with the Marlins dating back to the 1981-82 season with a 36-26 overall record. The Eagles are also 19-9 during that time frame against the Marlins in the confines of Nininger Hall.

Bridgewater wraps up the week with a Saturday showdown with Randolph College as the Eagles welcome back former player Allison Nichols and the WildCats. Tip off on Saturday is set for 3 p.m.

Randolph got its season off to a solid start, going 3-3 in the first six games before spiraling into a five-game skid. The WildCats earned their first win since 2004 over Randolph-Macon to earn the program's first conference victory of the season. On Saturday, Randolph dropped a 63-47 decision at home against Eastern Mennonite.

On the year, the WildCats are leading the league in offensive rebounding and are ranked third in made three pointers per game with 5.6.

Randolph is paced on the offensive end by the play of junior guard Emilee Dunton. Dunton's averaging 10.9 points per game and is shooting 36.8% from the floor.

Sophomore forward Jensen Hoover is pacing the WildCats on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game and is leading a Randolph squad that pulls down 43.1 boards per contest.

Dating back to the 1982-83 season, Bridgewater owns the series with Randolph with a 60-1 overall record. The WildCats lone win during that stretch came in Lynchburg in 1995 by a 76-75 tally. Bridgewater claimed a pair of double-digit wins last season to keep its winning streak against the WildCats intact. Bridgewater has rolled up a 34-0 record against Randolph at home during its impressive run.

All three games this week will air live on Fresh 96.1 in the Shenandoah Valley. For fans outside of the Valley, the games will be available on the internet with live stats and live video.