Owls Go Down to the Wire Versus Defenders

Owls Go Down to the Wire Versus Defenders

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was one of those games where a few breaks here or there and either team could have won earlier Monday evening in the Class of 1958 Gym on Bryn Mawr's campus. Unfortunately, on this night it was Bryn Mawr's opponent who got had the late bounces go their way, as Summit University came in and picked up a thrilling 65-61 win over the Owls. Freshman Erica Dwyer had a huge night for the Owls, scoring 30 points to lead all scorers in the game, including a Bryn Mawr record six three-point baskets. However, Summit got a big night of their own from guard Torri Erdman, who put up a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds in the visitors' victory.

Summit (1-1) got out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the game, but Bryn Mawr quickly battled back to get out in front themselves. Senior Veronica Roux made a jumper, and then Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson drew a foul and sank both free throws to put the Owls ahead 9-8. A few possessions later, Elizabeth Chan pulled down an offensive rebound and banked in a layup to put Bryn Mawr (1-4) up three. However, in what would become a trend the rest of the evening, the Defenders would not let Bryn Mawr build up much of an advantage as they managed to tie things back up late in the quarter. Dwyer made sure to send the Owls to the break with a lead, though, as she hit one of her historic six three-pointers with just seconds to spare in the period.

The Owls hoped to extend that lead in the second quarter, but instead it was Summit who took advantage of some Bryn Mawr errors and opened up an advantage of their own. The Defenders went on a run and led by as much as five at several points in the quarter. Bryn Mawr managed to keep in contact with the visitors, closing the gap late on buckets from Roux and Dwyer. However, a final basket from Erdman for Summit with just 11 seconds to go in the half sent the visitors to the locker room with a lead after a 16-9 advantage in the quarter.

Whatever was said in the huddle at the break must have worked for the Owls, as the hosts came out of the gates on fire to start the third quarter. Dwyer hit another deep three ball to pull Bryn Mawr back within one on their opening possession of the half. Then, Kara Breeden hit a jumper on an offensive rebound to put the Owls ahead. Dwyer followed that up with yet another three, and then Breeden split a pair of free throws to put the hosts ahead by five, their largest lead of the night. However, Summit would put together an even better run to top that, using an 11-0 spurt to climb back ahead by their largest advantage of the evening. Rather incredibly, both sides earned their largest leads of the night just over two minutes apart from each other, a sign of just how close this contest was all evening. As the period came to a close, Bryn Mawr had shaved down their deficit to just a single point thanks to a late Sanam Sheriff layup, making this fourth quarter one of the tensest of this young season for both sides.

The Owls found the hot hand right out of the gate in the final period, with a layup and another three from Dwyer putting Bryn Mawr back ahead by four. A seven point run from the Defenders proved to be the decisive answer in the contest, however, as it gave the visitors a 54-51 lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the night. The Owls got back within one point at several different times throughout the rest of the game. Down five, Dwyer calmly hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute left. Then, after forcing a Defenders turnover, Owls head coach Becky Tyler used a timeout to advance the ball into the frontcourt. There, she drew up a well-designed set play, getting Veronica Roux the ball wide open in the low post for an uncontested layup to draw Bryn Mawr within one. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Owls would get, as Summit hit three of four free throws late and forced a crucial Bryn Mawr turnover on one of their last possessions to sneak away with the 65-61 win on the night.

Despite the loss, it was still an impressive night statistically for the Owls. Dwyer's three-point percentage (.462) and three-pointers made (6) were both single game records for the Owls. Bryn Mawr also posted the second most steals in a game (17), and Dwyer's 30 total points were the fifth most in a single game in program history. The Owls outscored the Defenders 20-11 off turnovers, but Summit beat Bryn Mawr in the paint 28-18. Free throws may have been the deciding factor on the night, as the visitors went 17 for 19 from the stripe while Bryn Mawr shot just 7 for 12.

The Owls will get a well-deserved break for Thanksgiving the rest of the week. They will be back in action next Tuesday, December 2nd, as they travel to Wilson College for a 7:00 PM tip.