Basketball Closes 2015 on High Note With Win Over Immaculata

Basketball Closes 2015 on High Note With Win Over Immaculata

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team put on a spectacular showing in their final game of 2015 earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls outmuscled the Mighty Macs of Immaculata, putting up their second-highest field goal percentage in program history en route to a 66-48 victory. Three Bryn Mawr players scored in double-digits on the day, including Adriana Castilla-Hernandez, who put up 16 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in a tremendous performance. Immaculata was led by Morgan Wentz, who tallied 10 points off the bench in the visitors' loss.

Bryn Mawr (3-7) got off to a fast start thanks to two baskets from Elizabeth Chan right off the bat. On the Owls' next possession, Castilla-Hernandez couldn't get a three-ball to fall, but it was no matter as Veronica Roux pulled down a strong offensive rebound and kicked it out to Erica Dwyer. One of the leading three-point shooters in the country, Dwyer would connect with yet another triple to move Bryn Mawr's early lead to 7-0. Over the rest of the opening quarter, Immaculata (2-6) slowly began to wake up offensively, and the visitors climbed within three points with under a minute to play in the period. However, a nice drive from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson earned her a trip to the line with a second to go, and the freshman split the pair of free throws to make it a 13-9 game at the break.

In the second quarter, Immaculata continued to find ways to score early on, with the visitors actually putting together a five-point run to take their first lead of the game at 14-13. Over the next few minutes, things would continue to remain close as both sides traded baskets and free throws back-and-forth. However, with four minutes left to play in the half and things tied at 21-all, Bryn Mawr would put together what would be the game-sealing run. Elizabeth-Robertson made a nice inside move for a layup to give the Owls the lead once again, and they would not look back from there. The next time down the court, Castilla-Hernandez hit a three-pointer, and then Elizabeth-Robertson converted another layup. Immaculata continued to miss shots on the offensive end, while Bryn Mawr couldn't miss over the final stretch. Kara Breeden and Roux each hit baskets, and then Dwyer rolled in a layup at the buzzer on a great lead pass from Castilla-Hernandez to send the Owls to the locker room with a 34-21 halftime lead.

Even the halftime break couldn't slow the Bryn Mawr offense down, as the Owls continued to pour it on in the third quarter. Chan hit another jumper to open the frame, and then it was Dwyer's turn to hit another three-ball. Yet another jumper from Chan forced Immaculata to take a timeout just minutes from the break, but even after the timeout, layups from Breeden and Chan made it a 45-23 game. It was only through the middle of the quarter that the Mighty Macs found any offense, but by that point it was too little, too late. A layup from Castilla-Hernandez at the 2:16 mark of the quarter gave the Owls their largest lead of the game at 54-29.

From there, Bryn Mawr could basically coast to the finish. In the fourth quarter, Immaculata cut the lead to 58-37, but back-to-back triples from Castilla-Hernandez and Dwyer made it 64-40. A layup from Breeden a minute later would be the last points Bryn Mawr would score, as Immaculata would close out the game on a 7-0 run. However, that mattered little, as Bryn Mawr had already put the bow on one of the most complete games in recent memory in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium with the wire-to-wire 66-48 win.

A big reason for today's victory, among many other things, was the hot shooting from Bryn Mawr. The Owls shot 45.2 percent from the floor today, the second-highest field goal percentage in a game in program history. The Owls' nine made three-pointers also tied for the second most in a single game.

With the win, Bryn Mawr has already surpassed their total for most wins in a season since the 2007-08 season, with still more than half the season to go. The Owls will look to continue their success as the calendar flips to January, with the team's next game not coming until after the holiday break. The Owls will return to action on January 7th with a trip to McDaniel College. That game will be a 6:00 PM start on a Thursday night.