Turnovers Spell Trouble for Owls at Ursinus

Turnovers Spell Trouble for Owls at Ursinus

Collegeville, Pa. – It was another tough road trip for the Owls earlier Thursday evening. Bryn Mawr travelled to Ursinus College for a weeknight tilt, and although the Owls made it a tight contest early on, the Bears were able to protect home court by posting an 84-19 victory. Sophomore forward Audrey Burnim led the way with a career-high six points in the contest. Freshman point guard Kara Breeden added four points of her own, while also chipping in with three assists. Ursinus was led by forward Jessica Porada, whose dominating presence down low led to an 18-point night on eight of ten shooting.

Although Ursinus (6-12) opened the game quickly, scoring four points right out of the gate, Bryn Mawr (1-12) responded well on their next possession. After gathering a defensive rebound, Sanam Sheriff brought the ball up the court and the Owls began setting up their offense. The ball managed to find its way back into the hands of Sheriff, and she knew exactly what to do with it. The freshman sharpshooter nailed one of her patented deep three pointers and got Bryn Mawr right back within one point in the early goings.

Unfortunately, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr would get to a lead in the contest. The Owls would be held scoreless by a tenacious Bears defense over the next seven minutes, in which time Ursinus would score 27 points to jump out to a 31-3 lead. Burnim managed to put a halt to that run with a nice move in the post for a layup. Then, after a few made buckets by the Bears, Burnim again laid in a ball off the glass to give the Owls seven points. After a missed jumper by the hosts, Veronica Roux skied for a nice rebound and managed to outlet the ball to Breeden. She was able to slice her way into the paint for another easy layup, and after an Ursinus basket, it was Adriana Castilla-Hernandez' turn to get in on the action. She drained a nice midrange jumper to get Bryn Mawr into double digits at eleven points.

Those would be the last points of the half for the Owls, as Ursinus would close out the final five minutes with an eight point run to take a 48-11 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the second half, Roux got into the mix on the offensive side with her first points of the game with a nice layup less than a minute into the period. Later, Burnim extended her range and hit a nice jumper of her own, followed by another basket for Breeden. It simply wasn't enough to match the swarming defense of the Bears, who built their advantage in the game due in large part to the 29 turnovers they forced. When the final horn sounded, Ursinus coasted home with the 84-19 victory.

The Owls won't get much of a rest to recover from tonight's contest, as they'll be right back in action this Saturday. Bryn Mawr will hit the road once again for another battle against a Centennial conference team. The Owls will travel to Gettysburg for a 1:00 PM game against the Bullets, who sport a 12-5 record so far this year. They had been mired in a five-game losing streak, but with wins over Franklin & Marshall and Washington College, the Bullets are right back on track and present a tough matchup for the Owls.