McDonogh defense stifles Bryn Mawr, 55-32 No. 9 Eagles advance to A Division title game

February 10, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Bryn Mawr achieved one of its goals in yesterday's AIS A Division tournament semifinal by holding No. 9 McDonogh under 60 points.

Unfortunately for the Mawrtians, McDonogh also met its defensive expectations -- holding the visitors under 41.

For the third time this season, the Eagles' man-to-man defense proved stifling for Bryn Mawr and drove McDonogh's victory, 55-32.

The Eagles (16-5) will face No. 19 Severn in the A Division championship Monday night at 7:30 at Loyola College. This will be the season's first meeting between the only ranked teams in the AIS. Their regular-season game was snowed out and could not be rescheduled.

The Mawrtians (10-7), on the other hand, have seen way too much of McDonogh this season, falling, 73-57, and, 71-42, in earlier meetings.

They knew exactly what to expect yesterday.

"Their defense makes the difference for them," said Bryn Mawr coach Terry Detorie. "If you can keep McDonogh under 60, you're doing a good job, but it's tough to score that much against them."

The Eagles had to play most of the game without their defensive spark Julie Baker, who sprained an ankle earlier this week.

The senior guard played only about 15 minutes, but she lifted the Eagles' game at both ends every time she came off the bench. She made several big defensive plays and finished with nine points.

Baker helped the Eagles do a remarkable job against Emily Hickman and Sara Barnett, who are averaging 13 points each. Yesterday, the duo managed just nine points between them.

Bryn Mawr didn't play a bad defensive game either, confusing the Eagles early with a 2-3 zone. That defense frustrated point guard Vicki Brick, who likes to drive for most of her 18.5-point average.

Brick had scored 28 as the Eagles dismissed defending champ Park in Wednesday's quarterfinal, but she couldn't get through often against the Mawrtians. She scored only 10 points but made up for it with nine rebounds, six assists and six steals.

Shooting guard Mary Urban picked up the slack with her dead-eye mid-range jump shots, scoring 20 to go along with four assists and four steals.

Although the Mawrtians stayed close through most of the first half, the Eagles started to pull away just before halftime.

An eight-point Eagles run midway through the second quarter pushed their lead to double digits. Urban sparked the run with a steal and four points then assisted Robyn Bragg for a 24-12 lead two minutes before the half.

"To beat a team three times in one season, I don't care who they are, but especially when it's your biggest rivalry, is a tremendous feat," said McDonogh coach Seth Kushkin.

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