BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After running off three straight home victories last week, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team will head to the road to open the week before returning to Nininger Hall on Saturday for a key conference affair to wrap up a two-game week.
Bridgewater rattled off victories last week over Mary Baldwin, Virginia Wesleyan and Randolph to remain unscathed during the 2013 portion of the schedule. The Eagles have run off six straight wins, dating back to their victory over Sacred Heart (PR) in the San Juan Puerto Rico Classic.
Senior guard Jessica Mullen was stellar on the week and continues to lead the Eagles on the offensive end after earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week honors last week. On Saturday afternoon, the Purcellville, Va. native wrapped up the week with her best performance of the year. Mullen dropped a season-high 28 points in Bridgewater's 71-58 win over Randolph. Mullen currently ranks third in the league in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game.
On the glass, sophomore Shannan Thorne leads the way for a Bridgewater team that leads the league in offensive rebounding. Bridgewater pulls down 17.2 offensive rebounds per game, while Thorne ranks second in the league with 10.5 boards per game.
The Eagles have also been outstanding on the defensive end of the floor. Bridgewater is currently ranked third in the league, allowing 53.8 points per game. Bridgewater is also ranked third in the league in forced turnovers per game with 23.
On Wednesday evening, the Eagles open the week with a trip to Shenandoah to take on the Hornets. In their first season in the ODAC, the Hornets enter the week with a 2-4 record in league play with wins over Roanoke and Randolph. The meeting between the two teams will be the first regular season matchup in series history.
Shenandoah is paced on the offensive end by the performance of sophomore forward Holly Chittenden. Chittenden is averaging 12.6 points per game and has been in double figures in 10 of Shenandoah's 14 games on the year. The sophomore has been above 20 points on three occasions, including a season-high 22 points in a November victory over Penn State-Berks.
Aside from her scoring acumen, Chittenden also leads the Hornets in rebounding with nine boards per game. The forward ranks fourth in the league in rebounding and has tallied four double-doubles on the season.
Shenandoah enters Wednesday's game on a two-game skid after losses to Randolph-Macon and Guilford. The Hornets average 57.2 points per contest and allow 60.3 points per game. Wednesday evening's contest will feature live stats and live video for those who are unable to attend, brought to you by the folks at Shenandoah.
On Saturday, Bridgewater returns to Nininger Hall for a showdown with Guilford in a matchup that features two of the top teams in the league. The Quakers currently reside in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Bridgewater and Eastern Mennonite.
Guilford is paced on the offensive end by the production of junior forward Gabby Oglesby. Oglesby is averaging 11.1 points per game and is shooting 42.2% from the floor.
Junior center Morgan King has been solid for the Quakers as well, averaging 8.8 points per game and a team-leading 8.2 rebounds a contest. King's rebounding average ranks her fifth in the conference.
Since 1990, the Eagles own the series against Guilford with a 29-20 record. The Quakers are on a three-game winning streak against the Eagles in a run that started in the opening round of the 2011 ODAC Tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
Guilford enters the week on the three-game winning streak after wins over Randolph-Macon, Randolph and Shenandoah to open the 2013 part of the schedule. Saturday's game against the Quakers will air live on Fresh 96.1 FM in the Shenandoah Valley and will also feature live stats and live video at BridgewaterEagles.com for those who are unable to attend.