Girls Basketball: Mother McAuley rolls past Providence 62-43
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org December 7, 2013 8:46PM
Updated: January 9, 2014 9:57AM
Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye always seems to find time to do just about everything during the course of a game.
In the Mighty Macs’ 62-43 win over visiting Providence on Saturday, she (1) ran the offense from the point, (2) scored 11 first-half points to help establish the lead, (3) dished out assists on four of McAuley’s five baskets in the third quarter and (4) ripped down five rebounds.
“It’s whatever is going to work,” Nye said, smiling. “Whatever makes us win, pretty much. I trust all of my teammates, and I’m willing to pass them the ball no matter what.”
Nye finished with 13 points, seven assists and five boards. The Mighty Macs (6-2) also received double-doubles from Jasma Williams (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Erin Drynan (14 points, 14 rebounds).
Providence (7-2) was led by Alyssa Jurges (13 points) and Marybeth Galick (8 points, 7 rebounds).
The turning point? Probably the first six minutes.
During that span the Celtics missed their first nine shots and either misfired or turned the ball over on eight consecutive possessions. McAuley, meanwhile, piled on a 9-0 run, started by a three-point basket by Molly O’Malley and ended by a driving layup by Nye.
Taylor Juricek finally got Providence on the board with two free throws with 1:53 left in the first period, but the Mighty Macs responded with another trey by O’Malley.
Nye was dynamic on the shooting end for the Mighty Macs in the first half, making four field goals and hitting her first three free throws. Another big reason McAuley was able to build a 34-19 halftime advantage was Drynan.
The 6-foot-2 forward dominated under the basket during the first 16 minutes, scoring eight points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Drynan is in her comeback season after missing her sophomore campaign with back issues.
“I was down for the count (last season), but I’m just working hard this year,” she said. “The support from my teammates has really helped me.”
Providence found a spark in the third period, using back-to-back threes by Maeve Garvey and another by Jurges to close as much as a 16-point deficit down to 45-36 with 1:58 showing. But the Celtics went dry again on their final six possessions of the quarter, while McAuley re-established a double-digit lead on two free throws by Raven Willis and one by Williams.
Williams, a 5-11 forward, was the most productive Mighty Mac in the second half with 14 points and nine rebounds. Three of her layups came in succession, all on assists from Nye.
“It’s a lot easier for (the posts) to put the ball in the basket,” a smiling Nye said. “It’s a higher percentage shot, so give it to them. And it’s fun to watch your teammates succeed. It’s fun to watch Jasma and Erin score.”
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak by the Celtics.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well. We missed layups,” Providence coach Eileen Copenhaver said. “It’s hard when you’re not answering offensively as well as trying to put a defensive front up. Give their players a lot of respect. Nye controlled the game with her ballhandling and decision-making.”