Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr basketball team snuck in one last game before Thanksgiving break earlier Tuesday evening, playing host to the Shorewomen of Washington College. The Owls did a great job of hanging with their opponents early in the contest, but the visitors pulled away late to clinch a 70-32 win. Bryn Mawr was led by Kara Breeden, who tallied six points and an assist for the Owls.
Washington College (3-2, 0-0 Cent.) opened up the game on a 7-0 run, capped off by a deep three-pointer from Ali Grundy. The Owls were unfazed however, and over the next few minutes did some solid work to stay in contact with their opponents. Ashton Dwyer got Bryn Mawr on the board by nailing a jump shot, thanks to a smooth assist by Chantille Kennedy. After a layup from the Shorewomen, the Owls (0-4) went back down to the other end and managed to work the ball inside to Veronica Roux. The junior forward had fought hard and gotten great position against her defender, and managed to draw a shooting foul on her layup attempt. Roux drained both freebies, making it a 9-4 game.
Although that was as close as the Owls would keep it for the remainder of the game, they spent the rest of the first half battling hard to stay within sight of Washington. Adriana Castilla-Hernandez got her first bucket at the 9:55 mark to put the Owls on six points, and later on, Bryn Mawr shut down a Shorewomen run with a bucket from Breeden and two more free throws from Roux. Ji Yoon Ahn made a nifty turnaround jumper with 3:50 to play in the half to make it a 26-12 game. Chantille Kennedy made a pair of free throws for the next Owls points, and then Martely Carrera closed out the Bryn Mawr scorebook in the half with a made jumper of her own.
Over the course of the second half, the Owls continued to work the ball around and try to develop their offense. Although Washington continued to pull away, Bryn Mawr steadily found a bit of a flow to their attack. About halfway into the frame, Breeden again made a great cut to the net and banked home a layup, and after forcing a Shorewomen turnover and foul, Dwyer sank a pair of free throws of her own to make it 50-23. Late in the half, Taoran Ye earned a trip to the charity stripe herself after splitting a pair of defenders and cutting to the basket. Ye sank one of two, and then it was the Jasmine Rangel show to close out the half. After a great defensive rebound forced a Shorewomen foul, Rangel promptly sank both of her free throws. Then, with just seconds left to play, she drilled a deep three-pointer from well beyond the top of the arc to post the final number for the Owls and close out the 32-70 loss.
Bryn Mawr will now take a well-earned break for the Thanksgiving holiday, next getting back in action on December 3rd. The Owls will be back on the road for a brief trip to Washington, D.C. to face off against Trinity, but will then return to the friendly confines of the Class of 1958 Gymnasium to close out the fall semester with a pair of games against Johns Hopkins and Penn State Brandywine.