2022-23 Bridgewater Basketball Preview

The Eagles are Set to Fly


Dylan Simpkins

Freshman Khalil Ward throws it down after bouncing the ball between his legs during the dunk contest on the day of Eagle Madness. The Bridgewater men’s team was picked seventh in the preseason ODAC poll, and the women’s team placed fifth.

Dylan Simpkins, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- The Bridgewater basketball teams look to build on their achievements from last year and put all in on the hardwood for the 2022-23 season. 

Men’s Basketball

Ahead of the 2022-23 season, the Bridgewater men’s basketball team has added some new recruits, along with the growing players from last year’s team.

“They definitely got some learning to do making the transition from high school to college, but I believe that they will have a big impact as the season progresses,” said sophomore Will Dunlap. 

The team’s record last year was 10-16 overall.

Their overall record consisted of going 5-11 in the conference, with a record of 6-7 in all their home games, 4-8 in their away games and a neutral sight game loss. 

Some Bridgewater men’s basketball players received individual achievements during the 2021-22 season. 

Of those achievements was sophomore Roshod Smith winning offensive rookie of the year for the ODAC conference with his great play-making and scoring.

Smith averaged 15.7 points per game last year as a freshman, which was the most on the team. Smith also averaged 4.9 assists per game, along with almost three steals. 

“Last year I was honored to have won the ODAC rookie of the year, but the ODAC championship is what I want to win,” said Smith.

Smith said that he looks to build on last season and hopes to contribute to the team even more now that he has some experience under his belt. 

The Bridgewater men’s basketball team averaged a bit under 70 points per game last season, shooting 41.4% from the field overall. Their three-point shooting average was 30.9% as a team. 

The first regular game of the season for the men’s basketball team is on Nov. 8 at Marymount. 

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s basketball program looks to build upon their 2022-23 season as well. Their record last year was 11-15 while going 7-10 in conference play. 

The women’s basketball team has added three new first-years, who all look to make an impact on the hardwood.   

The women’s basketball team averaged over 60 points a game, outsourcing their opponents by one point. They shot about 35.5% from the field as a whole and 24.3% from beyond the three-point line. 

“We had an exceptional season last year shooting the ball, and it will only get better this year,” said sophomore player Kelsie Huffman. 

Graduate student Erika Nettles led the Women’s team in points, averaging 12.2 points per game. Junior Julia Williams lead the lady eagles in assists, with 2.2 per game and junior Jaden Alsberry led the team in rebounds, averaging around 10 per game. 

The Bridgewater women’s team plays their first game at home on Nov. 8 at 6:00 p.m. against Mary Baldwin in an attempt to snatch their first win of the year.  

“We are making a push for the ODAC championship this year, and with the new talent we have, we can make it,” said senior player Mary Ruth Shifflett.

Program Updates

Nininger Hall has revamped their floor, so now there is a new court for the Eagles to take the stage. 

Fans were also able to see the basketball team’s skills at Eagles Madness where the Eagles dunked, shot threes and showed off their dance moves as they walked across the court.