CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball squad put on another tremendous showing in the first half of tonight's game at Washington College. The Owls overcame a tough start to the game to take a 37-30 lead into halftime, but then fatigue settled in. The Shorewomen outscored Bryn Mawr 24-5 in the third quarter to overcome that deficit and ultimately claim the 72-61 victory. Bryn Mawr freshman Erica Dwyer turned some heads in her first game against a Centennial Conference opponent, as she led all scorers with 28 points on the night. The Shorewomen got double-digits out of three different players, including a double-double from Brynne Brouse on 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Bryn Mawr (2-5) fell behind early as Washington College (2-2) jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the game. However, the Owls buckled down and started to chip away at their deficit right away. Dwyer was able to draw a foul and earn a trip to the free throw line, sinking the pair and getting Bryn Mawr on the board. On the very next possession, the New Jersey native got open behind the arc and drained a three-pointer, something that would become a theme over the remainder of the game. The Shorewomen extended their lead back up to eight, but another three-ball from Dwyer helped Bryn Mawr keep contact early on with the hosts. Then, the Owls went on an 8-0 run of their own, capped off by a layup inside by Veronica Roux to give Bryn Mawr their first lead of the game at 16-15. Washington College would close out the quarter on a four-point swing to retake the lead, but they were now on notice that this game would be tight the whole way.
After the brief break between quarters, Dwyer picked right back up where she left off by promptly draining a three-pointer to tie the game back up at 19-all. Then, a layup from Kara Breeden put Bryn Mawr back out in front. Washington College would quickly retake the lead, but over the next few minutes the two sides would trade possessions back and forth until things were tied once again at 26-26. Over the final three minutes of the period, Bryn Mawr would take control. Dwyer started things off with yet another deep three-pointer from almost NBA range. Then, Adriana Castilla-Hernandez earned consecutive trips to the free throw line and converted on three of her four opportunities. One last three-ball from Dwyer and a tough jumper from Castilla-Hernandez helped offset two baskets by the Shorewomen and sent Bryn Mawr to the locker room with a bigtime 37-30 lead over the hosts.
Dwyer's half was one for the ages, as she put up 22 points in just 20 minutes on 7-of-14 shooting. That included a ridiculous 6-for-9 streak from beyond the arc and a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Bryn Mawr also forced the Shorewomen into nine turnovers and held the hosts to just 35% from the floor in the half.
Unfortunately, the combination of a short bench and tired legs after two games in three days finally caught up to the Owls in the second half. Washington College must have gotten a rousing speech in the locker room at the break, as the Shorewomen came out of the gates pounding the ball inside, earning easy layups and drawing fouls. Meanwhile, the Bryn Mawr offense went cold, with the team shooting just 21% from the floor in the second half. Washington College took a stranglehold on the game with a 24-5 third quarter. Bryn Mawr tried to battle back, and did manage to trim their deficit to just six points with 4:21 to play in the game. However, the Shorewomen closed things out with a 15-10 run to claim the 72-61 win.
The Owls will get a much-needed weekend off this weekend and will return to action next week. Bryn Mawr will travel to Allentown for another contest against a Centennial Conference opponent, this time taking on Muhlenberg. The Mules have had an impressive start to the season so far, going 5-0 and scoring over 74 points each game. The Owls will look to slow that offense down when the teams take the court next Tuesday for a 7:00 PM tip.