Baskets Go Cold as Owls Fall to Haverford

Baskets Go Cold as Owls Fall to Haverford

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Bryn Mawr's basketball team continued their busy week earlier Thursday night with another contest against a Centennial Conference team. The Owls took on crosstown rivals Haverford in the 65th meeting between the two teams, and this year it was the Fords who came out on top. The visitors ran out to a big lead in the first half, and even a solid second-half effort from the Owls could only make it a 77-35 in favor of Haverford.

Haverford (5-3) got off to a quick start tonight with a deep three-pointer from Olivia Walsh on the Fords' first possession of the game. That would quickly become a theme on the night, as Walsh would end up leading all scorers with 13 points thanks in part to a 4-for-6 effort from beyond the arc. Veronica Roux helped the Owls (2-7) get their first point of the game by making a free throw after a great drive to the hoop. However, Haverford would go on a 17-2 run from that point on in the quarter, ultimately stretching their lead out to 22-3.

Bryn Mawr tried to stage a comeback late in the quarter, starting with Sanam Sheriff. The sophomore guard got Bryn Mawr a big basket with just under two minutes to play in the frame on a nice three-pointer, with a great assist from Erica Dwyer. On the Owls' next possession, it was Adriana Castilla-Hernandez who hit a three from the top of the arc to make it a 24-9 game. Then, Roux made a nice move around her defender and sent in a layup to get Bryn Mawr back within 13. Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Owls would get on the night.

From the end of the first quarter until the 3:42 mark of the second frame, Haverford would go on a 19-0 run, ballooning their advantage all the way up to 43-11. Roux ended that run with another nice layup inside, but ultimately the Fords would close out the half on a fastbreak layup at the buzzer that pushed them over halfway to the century mark at 51-15.

As was the case with Tuesday's game at Muhlenberg, the Owls came out with a lot more fire in the second half and put on a much better performance. Roux got Bryn Mawr on the board first in the third quarter after a great pass from Kara Breeden down low. Later on, Elizabeth Chan drained a pair of free throws, and then Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson nailed a three-ball to get the Owls on 22 points. The fourth quarter went even better, as Bryn Mawr outscored Haverford 13-11 in the frame, with Erica Dwyer picking up eight of those points herself. Unfortunately, it was simply too little, too late, as Haverford closed out the win in 77-35 fashion.

Bryn Mawr will close out their busy week with one last game before the holiday break. The Owls will host Immaculata on Saturday afternoon for a 1:00 PM game. Bryn Mawr has never beaten the Mighty Macs before, with these two teams last meeting in the 2005-06 season. Immaculata is off to a slow start themselves, holding a 2-5 record so far this season. However, they are currently on a two-game win streak, having just beaten Summit earlier this week. Both sides will look for a big win when they hit the court on Saturday, so be sure to come out and catch what should be a close game!