BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team dropped a tough 75-57 decision to their crosstown rivals Rosemont earlier Wednesday night. The first game back in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium in the year 2016 was a barnburner, as the Owls clawed their way back from a 15-point deficit to take a lead midway through the second half, only to see Rosemont pull away for the big win with a dominant fourth quarter performance. Erica Dwyer led all scorers in the contest with 18 points, while Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson added a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Elizabeth Chan also had a great game, tallying 11 points and nine rebounds on the night. The Ravens were led by Leilani Naone-Carter, who pulled in a double-double of her own with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the contest.
Bryn Mawr (3-9) got off to a great start early on in the contest, jumping out to an 8-2 lead right out of the gate. After Naone-Carter got the game started with a basket for Rosemont (5-9), Chan tied things up with a basket of her own the next time down the floor for Bryn Mawr. Then, Kara Breeden attempted her first three-pointer of the season, and it was a perfect swish, giving the hosts their first lead of the game. After a missed shot by Rosemont, it was then Dwyer's turn to hit a deep three-ball of her own to put the Owls up 8-2. Both teams traded baskets over the next minute, leaving Bryn Mawr with a 10-4 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Unfortunately, that would be the largest lead of the night for the Owls, as Rosemont started to chip away at their deficit over the remainder of the half. The visitors tied the game at 10-10 with 3:37 left in the quarter, and then closed out the first period on a 7-0 run to take a 19-12 advantage into the break between periods. Bryn Mawr tried to keep things close as the second period started, thanks in large part to a great effort from Chan. The freshman scored the Owls' first six points of the quarter and went on to tally eight total points and two rebounds in the frame to lead Bryn Mawr.
However, that strong performance was still not enough to keep pace with Rosemont. The Ravens hit the exact same number of shots in the quarter as the Owls, but were helped by a big discrepancy in trips to the free throw line. The Ravens went 6-for-8 from the stripe in the frame compared to just a lone free throw for the Owls, helping them outscore Bryn Mawr 18-13 in the quarter. The Owls did manage to carry at least a bit of momentum into the halftime break, however. Trailing by their largest deficit of the half and looking for a spark, the Owls got a lift from Elizabeth-Robertson. The freshman forward pulled down an offensive rebound and made a strong move to the basket, putting in a layup and drawing a foul to convert an old-fashioned three-point play.
That brief spark before halftime helped light a fire under the Owls in the third quarter, as the hosts came out on fire and trimmed the deficit to just six points. Dwyer got things started with another three-ball right out of the break to make it a single-digit deficit. On the next possession, Elizabeth-Robertson hit a three of her own, and then later in the quarter, a five-point run from the Owls made it a 41-36 game. Rosemont buckled down and stemmed the tide briefly, but when the quarter closed, the Owls trailed by just six.
The momentum from that strong quarter carried over into the fourth frame as well, as a layup from Adriana Castilla-Hernandez got Bryn Mawr within four. After a series of missed shots by the Ravens, Chan finally pulled down the defensive rebound, leading to an Owls possession that saw Kara Breeden make a jumper in the paint. Rosemont turned the ball over on their next possession, allowing Owls head coach Becky Tyler to take a timeout and draw up a play. Her coaching worked to perfection, as Bryn Mawr ran Dwyer through a series of screens to get her open on the wing for a three, which she promptly sank to give the Owls their first lead of the game at 50-49.
In a cruel twist, all the hard work to come back from that 15-point deficit to take the lead was for naught, however. The Owls would lead for all of 12 seconds in the game, as Rosemont scored a basket on their very next possession to reclaim the advantage. What is worse is that the Ravens didn't stop scoring, and the Owls did. The Ravens bounced back from giving up their big lead by putting together a 17-0 run and taking an even bigger lead, and this time there was no coming back for the Owls. The visitors got back out in front by a 66-50 margin, only stopped by a silly foul committed against Dwyer that sent her to the line for three free throws, which she promptly sank. Even that was too little, too late for the hosts, as Rosemont would ease their way home to a 75-57 win.
Bryn Mawr will look to bounce back from tonight's tough loss on Saturday when they take on Gettysburg College at 2:00 PM at home.