BRIDGEWATER, Va. – With the month of January winding to a conclusion, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team faces a pivotal week of conference action as teams begin to position themselves for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament.
Bridgewater opens the week on Thursday evening when it hosts the Generals of Washington and Lee at 7 p.m. Thursday night's contest is Bridgewater's Black Out Game as fans are encouraged to wear black to show their support in the fight against melanoma. The Eagles wrap up the week on Saturday afternoon with a rematch with Randolph on the road at 4:30 p.m.
Washington and Lee enters Thursday's game off of a six-point victory over Randolph-Macon on Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a three-game skid for the Generals as they improved to 7-10 overall and 4-6 in league play.
Against similar opponents (Guilford, Eastern Mennonite, Lynchburg, Randolph, Emory & Henry, Hollins and Shenandoah), Washington and Lee owns a 2-5 record while the Eagles are 4-3.
The Generals boast the league's best scoring defense as opponents are averaging just 50.1 points per game against Washington and Lee on the year. On four separate occasions this season, opponents have been held to less than 40 points by the Generals defense.
Offensively, Washington and Lee is paced by the play of senior forward Katy Wilson. Wilson is averaging 10.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. In Washington and Lee's season-opening win over Roanoke, Wilson knocked in a season-high 21 points to pace the Generals to a 46-34 victory.
Since 1995, the Eagles own the series with Washington and Lee, taking 25 of the 35 games played. The Generals have won the last two games in the series with Bridgewater's last victory over Washington and Lee coming on February 5, 2011 in Nininger Hall.
The Eagles wrap up the week with a rematch with Randolph. Earlier in the season, the Eagles defeated Randolph by a 71-58 tally in Nininger Hall. In the contest, senior guard Jessica Mullen dropped a season-high 28 points and the Eagles held off a pair of Randolph runs at the end of each half to secure the win.
Entering the week, the WildCats are on a 12-game skid with their last win coming on December 6 at Mary Baldwin. Randolph has lost five of the 12 games by five or less points during its losing streak .
Thursday evening's contest with Washington and Lee will be aired live on Fresh 96.1 FM in the Shenandoah Valley. Bridgewater's matchup with Randolph will feature live video and live statistics.