Haverford, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr basketball team faced off against their crosstown rivals Haverford earlier Thursday night. The Owls were able to keep things close over the opening few minutes, but the Fords pulled away to an 80-22 victory in the end. Sanam Sheriff led Bryn Mawr in scoring for the second straight game thanks to a five-point output, while three other Owls chipped in with four points each. One of the big bright spots for Bryn Mawr was their ability to hang onto the ball; the Owls committed just 15 turnovers on the night, fewer than half of their average on the season. On the Haverford side, Elizabeth Lynch and Darby Festa led the way with 14 points each.
Haverford (8-6, 6-1 Cent.) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the contest, but Bryn Mawr battled back to stay in the game. Sheriff got the Owls on the board by continuing her hot three-point shooting, draining a deep jumper to make it a 7-3 game. After the Fords answered with four points of their own, it was Chantille Kennedy who drilled a deep three-pointer of her own to get Bryn Mawr (0-9) back within five points.
The hosts would pull back away to a 12 point lead, but once again Bryn Mawr responded with a good run. Kara Breeden drew a foul and sank one of two free throws, and then hit a layup her next time down the floor. Sheriff capped off the run with a layup of her own, and with just over five minutes left to play in the half, the Owls found themselves trailing just 18-11.
Unfortunately, that was as close as Bryn Mawr could get in the contest. Haverford went on a 19-point run to close out the half and take a 39-11 lead into the locker room. The Owls just could not get their offense going against a stingy Fords defense, as the hosts once again limited Bryn Mawr to just eleven points in the half to clinch the 80-22 victory.
The Owls will once again face a quick turnaround, as the team will play their third game in five days on Saturday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will play host to McDaniel College at 1:00 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium, their first home contest of the new year.