Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr basketball squad played their home opener earlier Wednesday night in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium against Rutgers-Camden. The Owls played a solid second half, with Veronica Roux tallying seven points in that frame en route to a team-high 12 total. However, Bryn Mawr was unable to hang with the offense of the Scarlet Raptors, who earned their first win of the season in 68-24 fashion.
Rutgers-Camden (1-2, 0-0 NJAC) started the night on a 21-0 run, but then Bryn Mawr started to heat up in the shooting department. Sanam Sheriff drilled a deep three-pointer to open the Owls account, and then Veronica Roux pulled down a defensive rebound and converted a layup on the other end to put Bryn Mawr (0-3) on five points in quick fashion. Roux continued her solid run of play with a made jumper a few minutes later, and then hit one of two free throws on a subsequent trip down the court to make it a 24-8 game.
That would be all the Owls would get in the first half, but the team came out firing in the second frame in an effort to close the gap. Roux earned another trip to the charity stripe to open the half, once again hitting one of her two free throws. Then, it was Kara Breeden's turn to get on the scoreboard, hitting a jump shot for her first points of the night. After a missed layup by the visitors, Sheriff knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to give Bryn Mawr 16 points and draw the Owls within 21. Later on in the half, Roux would go on a mini-run of her own, scoring three straight baskets before Martely Carrerra closed out the scoring for the Owls with a made jumper two minutes before the final whistle.
Rutgers-Camden was led by senior Alex Gravinese, who led all scorers on the evening with 21 points. The Scarlet-Raptors did their best work on the offensive glass, pulling in 23 offensive rebounds, seven more than they netted on the defensive side. That effort helped give Rutgers-Camden a 20-5 advantage in second-chance points, which, alongside a 33-0 points off turnovers combination, made the visitors hard to stop.
The Owls will return to the hardwood in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Tuesday for their next contest. Bryn Mawr will play host to the Shorewomen of Washington College at 7:00 PM here on the Bryn Mawr campus. The Shorewomen started the season 1-1, splitting a pair of games at the Ramapo College Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament.