The undefeated Reinhardt Eagles, showcasing a remarkable 13-0 season record, will play host to the Union Bulldogs, who have fallen to 2-15 overall. The Reinhardt Eagles have been a powerhouse this season, demonstrating an exceptional offensive performance with an average of 83.2 points per game and a solid field goal percentage of 46.1%. Their defensive play has been equally impressive, allowing only 61.9 points per game to their opponents.
Freshman sensation Niya Moon has been a key contributor, leading the team in scoring with an average of 5.9 points per game off the bench. Senior Marlie Townley and graduate player Ashley Woodroffe have been pivotal in the Eagles’ defense, with Townley averaging 10 rebounds per game and Woodroffe recording a high number of steals. Avanna Preston’s playmaking abilities have been crucial, averaging 3.1 assists per game.
NAIA GAME BROADCAST INFO:
2024 Regular Season, NAIA Conference Game
Union Bulldogs vs Reinhardt Eagles
Date: January 6th | Time: 2:00pm EST
Location: Brown Athletic Center – Waleska, Georgia
TV: Southeast Sports Network | TV: Reinhardt SN
Radio: Unavailable | Stats: Eagles Athletics
Announcer(s): Gabriel Schray, N/A
The Union Bulldogs have had a challenging season but have shown resilience and potential, especially from beyond the arc. They have a three-point shooting percentage of 34.9%, indicating their ability to score from long range. Freshman guard Rachel Smith has been a standout player for the Bulldogs, averaging 11.2 points per game and demonstrating remarkable shooting skills, particularly with her three-point shooting at 41%. The Bulldogs have struggled defensively, allowing 90.6 points per game to their opponents, a factor they’ll need to address in their game strategy against the Eagles.
The key matchup to watch will be between Reinhardt’s defense, one of the best in the conference, against Union’s three-point shooters, notably Rachel Smith. If the Bulldogs can capitalize on their long-range shooting and contain the Eagles’ diverse scoring options, they might be able to upset Reinhardt’s perfect record. However, the Eagles’ balanced offensive and defensive prowess makes them the favorites in this contest.
With both teams coming off their previous games with contrasting outcomes – Reinhardt with a dominant win over St. Andrews and Union with a narrow loss to Brenau – the psychological aspect of the game will also play a crucial role. The Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back and prove their competitiveness, while the Eagles will aim to continue their winning streak and solidify their position as conference leaders.
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