BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Fresh off of a regular season where they tied the regular season wins record with 22 victories, the Bridgewater Eagles women's basketball team looks to enter a new season where one untimely loss could end a stellar run.
Bridgewater tangles on Thursday evening with Guilford College in the opening round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament and rides a 10-game winning streak into the postseason.
The team last tasted defeat on January 22, and enters the postseason on its hottest end of the season run in school history.
"We've had an outstanding regular season, but it doesn't end there. We can't be complacent with our accomplishments to date and we have unfinished business to take care of in the ODAC Tournament. ", said head coach Jean Willi, who needs just four wins to reach the 300-win plateau.
During the 10-game stretch, the Eagles outscored opponents by a 17-point gap and avenged every loss suffered during the first half of conference play, including a pair of 20-point beat downs on the road.
Thursday's game with Guilford will see the Eagles take on a team which hung around with Bridgewater on Friday night in Nininger Hall before 10 straight Bridgewater shots found cotton en route to a 76-54 victory.
History is on Bridgewater's side, as the Eagles have toppled Guilford three out of the last four times they have met up in postseason play. Two of those victories propelled the Eagles to the NCAA tournament, with one of them pushing Bridgewater to the ODAC title and the other sending the team to the NCAA Sweet 16.
During the Willi era, Bridgewater has controlled the series with the Quakers, owning a 22-9 mark against their Tarheel State rivals.
Guilford defeated Bridgewater during the 2009-10 season by a slim, 64-61 margin in Greensboro, after the Eagles trounced the Quakers by a 93-43 tally earlier in the season in Nininger Hall.
It's been five years since the Eagles tasted a 20-win season. Five long years since Bridgewater's latest run to the Sweet 16 ended on a cold, late winter night in Maine.
Action from the Salem Civic Center tips off on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, while students with a college ID get in for free. For fans who are unable to attend in person, the game will be aired live on 96.1 Lite FM starting at 5:25 p.m. with the pregame show.