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Women's Basketball Cruises to first Atlantic East Win

302sports 115 Jan 10

IMMACULATA, PA- Immaculata tied a season-high with 10 three pointers as the Mighty Macs opened up Atlantic East play with a 66-51 win over Marywood from Alumnae Hall on Wednesday night.

Brielle Rigo led four different players in double figures and scored a career-high 20 points to go along with 18 rebounds. Jordan Rook (Conrad) added 16 points as Theresa Kearney and Meghan Ricker were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Immaculata (7-7, 1-0) jumped out to an early first quarter lead due to its outside shooting. Rook connected from long range while Rigo made a layup and hit a three to give the Macs an early 8-2 lead.

Ricker joined in on the three-point outburst as she connected on a pair to propel Immaculata to a 16-6 lead with 3:43 left in the first quarter. Kearney would hit a three in the final seconds as the Macs held a 19-13 lead heading into the second quarter.

Marywood opened the second quarter on an 11-3 run as the Pacers took a 24-22 lead with 6:39 left in the frame. The lead was short-lived as Kearney answered with a three that sparked a 9-0 run that spanned four minutes of action.

Immaculata held the Pacers scoreless for over six minutes as the Macs held a 31-26 advantage at the half. The Macs shot only 26-percent from the field in the first 20 minutes but connected on seven three pointers for the five-point lead.

The Macs used a 10-2 run to start the second half to take a strong hold on the game. Immaculata led 41-28 midway through the third quarter. The Mighty Macs limited the Pacers to 3-of-13 shooting in the frame as Immaculata held a 46-35 lead heading into the fourth.

Immaculata erased any thought of a comeback with a 11-0 run to start the final quarter. The run gave the Macs its biggest lead of the game at 22 as they would cruise to its first conference win. The Macs had its best shooting quarter in the fourth and shot 9-for-18 from the field.

Aryah Aungst led Marywood (3-8, 0-1) with 22 points while Emily Theobald joined her in double figures with 10 points. Immaculata finished 10-for-30 from long distance and dominated the offensive glass with 18 rebounds off their own misses.

Immaculata continues its home stand and will face Wesley on January 15th at 6 p.m.