CAMDEN, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action earlier Wednesday night at Rutgers-Camden University. After picking up a big win on Sundayin overtime, the Owls were looking to put together an early season winning streak, but ran into a tough opponent in the Scarlet Raptors. The hosts forced Bryn Mawr into numerous turnovers in what was their own season-opener and ultimately pulled away to a 79-45 win in the game. Bryn Mawr freshman Erica Dwyer led the Owls in scoring for the second time in three games, as she posted 21 points on the evening.
The hosts got their season off to a hot start, jumping out to a 9-0 lead early on. Bryn Mawr (1-2) answered back with a pair of threes and a layup from Dwyer over the next several minutes, cutting the deficit to 13-8 midway through the first quarter. Another burst from Rutgers-Camden (1-0) made it an eleven point lead, and even another three-ball from Dwyer couldn't stop the Scarlet Raptors momentum this time, as the hosts ultimately took a 25-11 lead to the break after the first period.
The Owls did a much better job of controlling possession and taking care of the ball in the second quarter. Once again it was Dwyer getting Bryn Mawr off to a good start in the frame, as she drilled another three and converted a fast break layup to get the Owls back within 11. Later on, Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Veronica Roux would add points, and Bryn Mawr was able to slow down the Rutgers-Camden offense somewhat. Kara Breeden hit a jumper with 22 seconds left in the half, and that sent the teams to the locker with the margin still stuck at 14.
The third quarter was a virtual replay of the first, as Rutgers-Camden was the team that came out firing to start the second half. Meanwhile, the Owls were simply unable to string together a run of points to keep in contact with the Scarlet Raptors. The hosts outscored Bryn Mawr 27-8 in that third quarter. Although the Owls once again firmed things up in the fourth frame, it was a matter of too little, too late, and it was Rutgers-Camden who picked up the victory on the night.
The Scarlet Raptors did a majority of their damage in one of two ways on the evening: in the paint and/or off turnovers. The Scarlet Raptors picked up 32 points on 37 turnovers, and outscored the Owls 34-12 in the paint. Center Michelle Obasi led all scorers with 27 points on the night.
Bryn Mawr will get a great chance to regroup and get back in action this weekend as they return to campus for their home opener on Saturday. The Owls will host Nazareth College in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium at 1:00 PM this weekend in the first chance for Bryn Mawr fans to see the Owls in action on campus this year. Bryn Mawr will look to start their homestand off right with a victory, but the Golden Flyers will pose a tough test this weekend. Nazareth played to a 15-11 record last year, and the Golden Flyers open their season this Friday night at York (N.Y.).