Pivotal Week Awaits Women’s Basketball Team

Pivotal Week Awaits Women’s Basketball Team


BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After rolling up two wins in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action last week, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team has three key games, including a pair of conference affairs, on the docket in a pivotal week of play.

Bridgewater opens the week on Monday evening with its final non-conference game of the season as the Eagles travel to Fredericksburg for a showdown with the University of Mary Washington. The Eagles host Shenandoah on Wednesday before traveling to Randolph-Macon on Saturday to wrap up a busy week.

Mary Washington enters Monday evening's game fresh off of its first loss since early January. On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles dropped a 42-39 contest to Marymount in overtime in a battle for the top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Mary Washington and dropped the Eagles to 15-6 on the year.

Sophomore guard Sam Partonen paces the way for an Eagles offense that is averaging 54.8 points per game. Partonen is the lone scorer in double figures on the year with 13.2 points per game. The sophomore is also dishing out a team-high 3.4 assists. Partonen has been in double figures on 15 occasions this season with her 25 point outing against N.C. Wesleyan being her highest offensive output of the year.

On the glass, senior center Carol Dye is leading the way for Mary Washington with 8.3 rebounds per game. The Eagles are controlling the glass against their opponents, averaging 42.1 boards per game while limiting opponents to 32.6.

Since 1982, Mary Washington owns the all-time series with Bridgewater taking 14 of the 26 games between the two teams. From 1986-1991, Bridgewater owned a six-game winning streak while Mary Washington is currently on a four-game winning streak against the Eagles. The last win for Bridgewater in the series came in 2005 by a 69-57 tally in Nininger Hall.

Wednesday's matchup with the Hornets is a rematch of a game that the Eagles let slip away earlier in the season in Winchester. Bridgewater fought back to take a three-point lead into the locker room before being outpaced in the second half en route to a 72-66 loss.

Entering Wednesday evening's contest, Shenandoah has won four of its last six games and is fresh off of a 59-49 victory on Saturday at home against Hollins. Currently, Shenandoah is ranked sixth in the league with a 6-6 mark in conference play.

Sophomore Holly Chittenden is the leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 11.4 points per game. Chittenden was one of four players in double figures in the contest earlier in the season and posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double in the win.

Wednesday's contest will air live on Fresh 96.1 FM in the Shenandoah Valley with pregame starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bridgewater wraps up the week on Saturday when it makes the trek to Randolph-Macon for the lone matchup of the regular season with the Yellow Jackets. Randolph-Macon is in the midst of a rare season for one of the premiere programs in the league as the Yellow Jackets enter the week with a 5-16 record and a 4-8 mark in conference play. The Yellow Jackets are on a three-game skid entering the week, with its latest loss coming on Saturday by a 100-82 score at the hands of Roanoke.

Freshman guard Katie Anderson leads the way for Randolph-Macon, averaging 13.8 points per game. Sophomore teammate Sarah Parsons adds 13.7 points per game to an offense that is averaging 66.2 points per game and is shooting 37.2% from the floor.

In the rebounding department, the Yellow Jackets are led by Anderson's 6.3 boards per outing.

Randolph-Macon leads the series with Bridgewater since 1982 with a 37-25 mark. The Yellow Jackets were victorious a season ago in Ashland by a 79-65 score snapping a two-game winning streak for the Eagles.

Tip-off against Randolph-Macon is set for 4 p.m.