Owls Rusty in First Game Back From Break

Owls Rusty in First Game Back From Break

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The long winter break proved unkind to the Bryn Mawr basketball team, as the Owls found tough sledding in their first appearance back on the court earlier Thursday evening. Bryn Mawr traveled to McDaniel for a tough test against a Green Terror squad that is currently tied for first place in the Centennial Conference. The Owls put on a great defensive effort in the opening half, but McDaniel plays some of the best D in the conference themselves, and the Green Terror would continue that trend tonight in a 73-32 win on their home turf. Bryn Mawr was led by Erica Dwyer, who scored nine points on the night. McDaniel got 16 points from Lindsey Nichols to lead all scorers, despite a tepid 1-for-8 performance from beyond the arc. The Green Terror made their hay via turnovers, forcing Bryn Mawr to cough up possession 30 times, leading to 32 points for the hosts.

McDaniel (9-2) took the opening lead in the game on the first play of the contest with a bucket just fifteen seconds in. That would prove to be the last lead-change of the night, as the Green Terror would go wire-to-wire in their victory. The hosts opened up an 8-0 lead out of the gate as Bryn Mawr (3-8) turned the ball over seven times before they were able to get their first basket. However, that opening score for the Owls was a big one, as Dwyer drilled a deep three-pointer to get the visitors on the board.

Unfortunately, that would be the lone bucket of the opening quarter for the Owls, as McDaniel forced the visitors into 13 turnovers in the frame and held them to just eight shot attempts. The hosts, meanwhile, would go on to extend their lead out to 24-3 into the early part of the second quarter. Bryn Mawr would next score on a smooth jumper from Elizabeth Chan midway through that second frame, and that would help spark a better offensive performance over the final five minutes of the half. Kara Breeden got in on the action with a pair of baskets, and then Sanam Sherrif and Veronica Roux each hit jumpers of their own to get the Owls to 13.

The McDaniel train just kept rolling though, as the hosts once again held Bryn Mawr to single digit points in the third quarter with another solid ten minutes of defense. By the time the final frame rolled around, the Green Terror held a 55-21 lead. Dwyer made her second three-ball midway through the quarter to help start another mini run for the Owls, with Chan and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson also adding points, but it was simply not enough to make a dent in the McDaniel lead. When the final horn sounded, the Green Terror had held serve on home court to the tune of a 73-32 win.

Bryn Mawr will look to rebound from that tough loss when they get back in action on their home court next week. The Owls will return to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium for a pair of contests next week, starting with a Monday night tilt against Rosemont. That will kick off a three-game homestand that also features games against Gettysburg and Valley Forge. Wednesday's game is slated to tipoff at 7:00 PM.