DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Bridgewater women's basketball team swings back into action Thursday morning in the first of two games for the Eagles at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Eagles open play Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. against Clark University. Clark, a member of the NEWMAC (New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference), enters the contest with a 5-4 record on the season. The Cougars have lost three of their past four games entering the holiday classic.
The Cougars boast a solid inside-outside tandem with center Ogechi Ezemma and guard Idalis Miranda. Ezemma, a 5-11 junior, leads Clark in scoring with a 14.0 average and rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game. Miranda, a 5-2 freshman, averages 13.4 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
Bridgewater will also play on Friday morning when the Eagles meet the Bears of Bridgewater State University.
Bridgewater State, a member of the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) is 2-7 entering the Land of Magic Classic. In their final game before Christmas, the Bears defeated Wentworth, 73-44, to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Bridgewater State does not have a player averaging in double figures, but four players are scoring more than eight points per game. Destiny Fitzgerald, a 6-2 first-year forward, leads the Bears in scoring with 9.9 points per game. Rhiana Page, a 5-7 senior swing player, scores 9.0 per game for the Bears.
Bridgewater enters the Land of Magic Classic with a 4-4 overall record. The Eagles have won three straight.
First-year point guard Madison Baum has settled into running the show for the Eagles and dishes out 4.9 assists per game. She also averages 4.6 points per contest. Senior Jessalyn Monday is second on the team in rebounds with 4.5 per game and sophomore forward Nina Novosel has developed into a strong defenisve player for the Eagles.
The Eagles have also received strong production off the bench as first-year guard Ahlia Moone scores 9.6 points per game and junior forward Rebecca Harvey adds 8.8 points per outing. Junior guard Sydni Carey scores 5.6 points and dishes out 2.3 assists per game and junior center Allie Coburn contributes 3.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest.
Bridgewater has nine players averaging more than 15 minutes played per contest.