With Six Cancellations, BC Athletics Were Able to Play Four Games Last Week

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Photo by Evan Maxey

Bridgewater College first-year Jada Gross shoots first half free-throws. Gross contributed 19 points in the defeat of Virginia Wesleyan.

Zachary Gray, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – Last week’s sports schedule opened up with a triple header on Tuesday with the men’s basketball team hosting a double header against Southern Virginia and Washington and Lee — but both the men’s games were cancelled. 

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team defeated Emory and Henry 80-64 on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to improve to 3-0 overall. Freshman Jada Gross led the Eagles in scoring with 26 points, followed by junior Ericka Nettles with 22 points.  

The women’s team shot 43.3% from the field, 32.3% from beyond the three-point arch and 57.1% from the foul line.

The first quarter was tightly contested by the two teams after the Wasps had a one point lead to end the first quarter. By the end of the first half, the Eagles were able to take the lead by seven with a score of 38-31 entering halftime. 

The Eagles opened up the second half with 29 points in the third quarter, to take a comfortable 17 point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Eagles closed out the game scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter, en route to defeating Emory and Henry and continuing on their undefeated streak.  

The women’s basketball game on Thursday against Washington and Lee was cancelled. The Eagles will return to action Tuesday, Feb. 9, when they host Virginia Wesleyan at 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the men’s basketball team fell at Randolph College 91-81. The Eagles fell to 2-3 with the loss. Freshman Alec Topper, junior David Oliveras and junior Andy Pack scored at least 18 points each — with Topper being the leading scorer with 19 points.

 The men’s basketball team shot 46.4% from the field, 36.7% from beyond the three-point arch and 42.9% from the foul line.

Only one point separated the two teams entering the half with the Eagles trailing the Wildcats 49-48. 

The Eagles were able to take the lead to start the second half, and they maintained it until there were eight minutes left in the game. The Wildcats went on a 19-11 run in the last eight minutes of the game, which sealed the win for the Wildcats. 

All three scheduled events for Friday were cancelled. The men’s basketball team was scheduled to host Ferrum. All men’s basketball games have been cancelled up until the Eagles host Guilford on Feb. 21.

Swimming

Both the men’s and women’s swim teams saw their meet at Washington and Lee get cancelled for Friday, Feb. 5th. 

On Saturday, the men’s and women’s swim teams hosted Southern Virginia for senior day. Both teams were defeated, with the women narrowly losing 124-120 and the men falling 128-104. 

Juniors Amanda Nesslerodt and Jessica Touve, and freshmen Katlyn Wiglesworth and Katie Yoder had the best times for the 200 meter relay for BC — followed by freshman Katie Roach having the best 800 meter freestyle time. 

Touve had the best 200 meter butterfly and 400 meter freestyle times. Freshman Bethany Viventi came in second in the 50 meter freestyle and sophomore Kate Dear finished second in the 200 meter breaststroke.    

Both men and women’s swim teams will travel to Ferrum to take on the Panthers next Saturday, after six more events have already been cancelled in advance.