Bryn Mawr, Pa. - After a loss earlier in the week on the road, the Bryn Mawr basketball team came home looking to bounce back against Franklin & Marshall in the Schwartz Athletic Center earlier Saturday afternoon. However, the Diplomats were having no part of that, running out to a big lead in the first half before clinching a 75-22 victory. Adriana Castilla-Hernandez led the way for the Owls with nine points and five steals in the contest. Chantille Kennedy added another six points, and Castilla-Hernandez and Kennedy each recorded a pair of blocks as well. The Dips were led by Shannon O'Connor, who poured in 19 points off the bench for the visitors.
Franklin & Marshall (5-11, 2-7 Cent.) came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of play. Bryn Mawr (1-12) put a stop to that run thanks to a nice jumper from Kennedy, but the Diplomats immediately got back in the driver's seat with a nine point run. Castilla-Hernandez used a sweet drive to cut to the basket and drain a layup to cut into the visitors' lead, but the first half was all Diplomats. Their suffocating defense wreaked havoc on the Bryn Mawr backcourt, as they forced 18 turnovers in the first half. Veronica Roux got into the action for the Owls with a nice layup of her own about midway through the half, but when the halftime horn sounded, Bryn Mawr found themselves trailing 40-6.
The second half appeared to start in a similar manner as the first, but then Bryn Mawr started to get into the game. Kennedy drained back-to-back jumpers to get the Owls to 10, and then Castilla-Hernandez followed with another nice jumper of her own. Later on in the half, the sophomore guard hit another jump shot, and then on the next possession cashed in a three ball from the right wing to give her nine points. Jasmine Rangel made a nice move on the left baseline a few seconds later, drawing a foul and converting both free throws for her first points of the contest. After the Diplomats made a jumper on the other end, Sanam Sheriff got in on the action with one of her trademarked very deep three point shots, this time from the right wing. That would be the final bucket for the Owls, as they scored nearly three times as many points in the second frame as in the first.
Bryn Mawr will look to put a stop to this brief slide when they get back in action early next week. The Owls will host the University of Valley Forge on Tuesday evening in a rematch of a contest from just two weeks ago. Bryn Mawr will look to get a lot of help from their fans in this game as well, as it is the inaugural "Show Your Colors" contest for the squad. Be sure to come out in your class color, or any form of Bryn Mawr gear, and cheer on your Owls on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM in the Schwartz Athletic Center!