CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In Greek mythology (or Harry Potter, your choice), the phoenix is a long-lived bird that succumbs to a fiery death, only to be reborn out of the ashes. On this night, however, there would be no rebirth for the Phoenix of Wilson College, as the Bryn Mawr basketball team posted their highest point total in 18 years en route to a beginning-to-end road victory earlier Tuesday night. Freshman guard Erica Dwyer led all scorers with 24 points in the game, while fellow freshman Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and senior Veronica Roux each chipped in double-doubles to help the Owls to their big win.
Bryn Mawr (2-4) got out in front right off the bat thanks to a jumper from Roux, and the Owls would not look back from there. In fact, the visitors scored the first 12 points of the game, and spread the wealth while doing so. Roux, Adriana Castilla-Hernandez, Elizabeth-Robertson, and Dwyer each got themselves involved in the scoring over the opening four-and-a-half minutes. Meanwhile, the Owls did an equally as impressive job on the defensive side of the ball to get out to that early lead. Bryn Mawr forced Wilson (2-1) into three turnovers and nine missed shots before the hosts finally got on the board thanks to a free throw with 4:38 left in the quarter. Over the rest of the period, Elizabeth Chan and Kara Breeden also got on the scoresheet, and even a five-point run to close the quarter by the Phoenix could only pull them within 15 points.
Wilson rebounded a bit in the second quarter, thanks in part to a great effort from Amber Watkins off the bench. The freshman guard came into the game and led all scorers in the quarter with seven points. Meanwhile, the Phoenix held Bryn Mawr to just 31% from the floor and forced the Owls into committing ten turnovers in the frame. That combination helped Wilson get back in the thick of things, trimming Bryn Mawr's lead to single digits at 39-30 at the half.
However, Bryn Mawr would not let Wilson's comeback get any closer. Both teams traded baskets to open the second half, and with just two-and-a-half minutes to go in the third quarter, the Owls lead was still nine. Then, Bryn Mawr put together another run that put the game virtually out of reach. After a technical foul, Dwyer stepped to the line and drained both free throws. On the ensuing offensive possession, Veronica Roux grabbed an offensive rebound and stuck the putback. Later in the frame, Roux would split a pair of free throws, and then Elizabeth-Robertson hit back to back shots to close out the quarter and hand the Owls a 58-42 lead.
The Owls would extend that advantage at the start of the fourth quarter as well, quelling any hopes of a comeback by the Phoenix. Midway through the frame, Dwyer and Elizabeth-Robertson combined for a six-point mini run that put Bryn Mawr ahead 67-44. A few minutes later, Dwyer nailed a three-pointer and Breeden drained a jumper to make it a 73-48 affair and what would be the Owls highest lead of the game. In the final moments, both Chan and Sanam Sheriff would convert jumpers, giving Bryn Mawr the 77-52 win.
The 77 points are the most scored by Bryn Mawr since a 93-79 win over Rosemont on February 1, 1997. The 25-point margin of victory is the largest for the Owls since November 21, 2009 against Penn State Abington. Dwyer's game-high 24 points came on a program record 29 field goal attempts, and her five made three-pointers tonight are the second most in a game for Bryn Mawr. Roux put up her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Elizabeth-Robertson's 16 points and 11 rebounds gave the freshman her second career double-double in just six games played. Chan chipped in nine points off the bench for Bryn Mawr. Wilson was led by forward Lindsey Purvis, who tallied a double-double of her own with 12 points and 14 rebounds on the night.
However, it wasn't just offense that won the night for the Owls. Bryn Mawr's defense also put on an impressive performance. Kara Breeden, in particular, had a strong night, as she was responsible for guarding Wilson's Jordan Day, one of their leading sources of offense, all night. When all was said and done, Breeden had held Day to just four points on 1-of-8 shooting and forced her into three turnovers and just two assists. On the night, Bryn Mawr outscored the Phoenix 22 to 7 on second chance opportunities, another key aspect to this victory for the Owls.
The Owls will look to get a quick day of rest Wednesday before getting right back in action on Thursday. Bryn Mawr will face their first Centennial Conference opponent of the season on Thursday night when they travel to Washington College for a 7:00 PM tip. The Shorewomen are currently 1-2 on the season, and will be looking to rebound from a tough 61-49 loss they suffered at the hands of Swarthmore earlier Tuesday night. Be sure to follow the live coverage links provided by Washington College here.