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Basketball Falls In Opener At Immaculata

Laya Paladugu plays at Immaculata winter 19-20

IMMACULATA, Pa. - The Owls basketball team kicked off their 2019-20 campaign earlier Thursday night with a trip to Immaculata. Bryn Mawr got off to a fast start in the contest, but ultimately could not keep pace with a fast-moving Immaculata offense. Laya Paladugu led Bryn Mawr with 14 points on the night thanks to a 9-for-12 performance from the charity stripe. Halena Martin and Brendan Harrison added nine and eight points apiece for the Owls. Immaculata was led by a 20-point effort from Theresa Kearney, who went 9-for-14 from inside the arc to lead the Mighty Macs to an 80-46 victory on the evening.

Immaculata opened the night with a pair of baskets before a free throw from Laya Paladugu got the Owls their first point of the season. Another bucket for the Mighty Macs extended their lead, but first-year Sydney Collins made an immediate impact in her Bryn Mawr debut with a basket down low on her first shot. Later, Martin put home a basket, and then Brendan Harrison made a nice steal on the inbound and converted a layup to draw the Owls back within one. Another free throw from Paladugu tied the contest up, and then Bryn Mawr took their first lead of the season on another nice post play by Collins on a feed from Harrison. After Immaculata knotted the game back up, Bryn Mawr went down to the other end and reclaimed the advantage thanks to a free throw from Emma Garner, her first career point as an Owl. The Mighty Macs would jump back ahead on another basket from Kearney and a free throw right before the break, but the Owls had matched Immaculata's shooting percentage in the first frame and set the stage for what might be a close battle all night.

Unfortunately, the second quarter proved to be a different story. Immaculata's press started to pay dividends as the Owls turnovers started to pile up. The Mighty Macs scored the first ten points of the quarter to open up a bit of a gap over the Owls. Lipi Paladugu stopped the run momentarily, and then Harrison canned a three-pointer. Later, first-year Ella Kotsen scored her first career basket, a smooth jumper from the wing, and then Martin poured in a jumper of her own on an assist from Odinaka Oranekwu on the fastbreak. Oranekwu would score the final basket of the half as well for the Owls, but ultimately Immaculata took a 15-point advantage to the locker room at the break.

Laya Paladugu got the second half off to a good start for the Owls with a jumper in the paint, but the third quarter was an entirely Immaculata affair. The Mighty Macs would outscore Bryn Mawr 24-6 from that point on in the period, ultimately claiming a 60-29 advantage by the start of the fourth quarter. The Owls put together a much better fourth quarter performance, starting with a basket from Garner. May Hanlon and Laya Paladugu also found the bottom of the basket in the frame, and the Owls went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe in the period. However, much of the damage had already been done, as Immaculata pulled away to the 80-46 win.

The Owls will look to rebound from tonight's tough result when they get right back in action next week. Bryn Mawr will face another non-conference opponent on the road next week, as the Owls will travel to Bryn Athyn for a 7:00 PM contest on Wednesday, November 20th.