STAUNTON, VA. – The Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels women's basketball team (16-9) will host its first USA South playoff game in school history this Wednesday, looking to continue their record-breaking season as they host N.C. Wesleyan (11-14) in the opening game of the tournament. Mary Baldwin and N.C. Wesleyan split the season series, with the Battling Bishops winning the most recent battle 74-62 in North Carolina. The Fighting Squirrels won the first matchup at home 66-65, when first-year phenom Leah Calhoun had a double-double, scoring 32 points and a team-leading 15 rebounds. Rachel Hepler and Nicole Mallon each added 10 points.
"It's an honor to be part of the program that's making history at MBU, especially since I've lived in this area my whole life," said Calhoun. "I'm excited to be able to play a home game in front of an awesome crowd for the playoffs, against one of our toughest opponents!"
This season has already been one for the books for the team as they claimed the most conference game wins since joining the USA South, as well as setting their best overall record. This is also the first season Mary Baldwin has had multiple rookies of the week, including Brooke Anders, Leah Calhoun and Demet Saygili.
"We are looking forward to hosting the first playoff game in MBU's USA South history. I trust that the students, faculty and administration will show support for the women's basketball program," said Head Coach Ross James. "It's that time of year: win or go home. 'Fighting Squirrels madness' is a must for a strong playoff push."
The winner of this round will advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday February 16th and face Piedmont, who earned a first-round bye. General admission will be $8 per individual with a $3 entry fee for any students, faculty, staff, kids, and seniors. Big Red's BBQ will also be on site serving delicious food near the front entrance. Arrive early to claim your seat in the PAC to cheer on the Fighting Squirrels!
Preview by Allea Harris