Bridgewater College Women’s Basketball Team Shut Down Due to COVID-19 Protocol

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The Bridgewater College women’s basketball team has been put on hold due to COVID-19 protocol. The team will not be able to play or practice for two weeks.

Leyton Pullin, Staff Writer

Bridgewater Va. – The Bridgewater College women’s basketball team has been put on hold due to COVID-19 protocol because of a positive test within the program. 

The Eagles sat atop the ODAC standings at 4-0 before the program’s activities were put on pause. 

Five games over the next two weeks have been postponed: Feb. 12 against EMU, Feb. 15 against SVU, Feb. 18 against Randolph, Feb. 20 at Ferrum, and Feb. 25 at Randolph-Macon. This leaves only one game left on the schedule, an away date at Roanoke College on Feb. 27 — which is the ODAC’s last day for regular season play.

Along with game cancelations, practices for the Eagles have been canceled for two weeks. The team will quarantine for that period, as suggested by the NCAA’s COVID-19 testing policy. 

The Eagles are a half-game ahead of No. 2 Randolph-Macon in the standings. 

BC also sits among the leaders in Division III in several defensive categories. The Eagles lead the nation in steals per game with 20.2, and rank second in turnovers forced per game with 31.0. 

The offensive side for the Eagles has also been successful as they rank No. 4 in the NCAA in three-point field goals made per game with ten. First-year Jada Gross is among the ODAC leaders, averaging 16.3 ppg and shooting 44% beyond the arc coming off the bench. 

The ladies join the men’s basketball team, as both are currently under COVID-19 protocol. The men are beginning practices this week for the first time in two weeks before their home date with Guilford on Feb. 21. 

For postseason play, only the top four finishers in the ODAC will make the conference tournament. With NCAA Championships being canceled for the 2021 winter season due to low participation, the ODAC crown will be all there is to compete for this women’s basketball season. 

Players and coaches from the team were contacted for comment, but did not respond in time for the publication of this article.