BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team got off to a good start in the opening minutes of their game earlier Saturday afternoon at home. However, the Owls ultimately were no match for the buzzsaw that was the outside shooting of the Dickinson Red Devils. The visitors drained ten three-pointers in the contest en route to a 76-44 victory over Bryn Mawr on the day. There were still some bright spots on the day for the Owls, as the team played some good defense at times and had some really great success at the free throw line throughout the contest. Freshman Erica Dwyer continued to show her prowess from beyond the arc, setting a new single-season record for three-pointers made with another strong outing today.
Dickinson's hot shooting started right out of the gate as the Red Devils' (11-6) Helen Roberts drained two three-pointers in the opening minute of play. Bryn Mawr (3-14) hung right with Dickinson in the early going, though. Dwyer earned herself a trip to the free throw line and sank the pair of shots, and then a layup from Veronica Roux made it an 8-4 game. Dickinson opened it up to 12-4, but a timeout from head coach Becky Tyler helped cool things down and allowed the Owls to pull back within six. Despite her shots not falling early on, Dwyer continued to find ways to have an impact on the game. In the last 43 seconds of the quarter, the Owls freshman earned two separate trips to the free throw line and drained all five free throws, keeping Bryn Mawr in striking distance at the close of the first quarter.
Dickinson really started to pour it on in the second and third quarters, however. The Red Devils opened the second frame on a 9-2 run, and ultimately used an 18-8 scoring advantage to take a 34-19 lead into the break at halftime. In the third quarter, Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson hit a pair of free throws early on after a strong drive to the hoop. Later, Sarah Ledger converted a layup on a brilliant assist from Dwyer, who then made her first two threes of the game to close out the frame. However, the damage had already been done, as Dickinson's starters went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and the Red Devils forced six Bryn Mawr turnovers to outscore the Owls 25-11 in the frame.
Bryn Mawr put on a strong performance in the final quarter, though, sticking with Dickinson the rest of the way through. Dwyer hit two more free throws to open the Owls account in the fourth quarter, and then a strong drive by Elizabeth Chan earned her an and-one free throw of her own, which she promptly converted. On the very next possession, Dwyer found herself open once more on the wing and drained her third three-pointer of the day. It was that shot that gave Dwyer the single-season record for three-pointers made, as it was her 56th three-ball of this campaign. Unfortunately, that was one of the lone bright spots of the final frame for the Owls, as Dickinson ultimately walked home with the 76-44 win on the day.
Dwyer's 21 points led all scorers in the game. Besides her three three-pointers, she also went an impressive 12-of-13 from the free throw line on the day. Chan added another 11 points for Bryn Mawr. The Red Devils were well above 50% from beyond the arc until late in the fourth quarter, and still ended up shooting an impressive 43.5% (10-23) from distance. Dickinson was led by Mary Martin, who tallied 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting on the day for the visitors. The Red Devils also outscored Bryn Mawr 34-8 in the paint en route to their win.
Bryn Mawr will now get a much needed break after a tiring stretch of three games in six days. The Owls will be back in action next Thursday, February 4th, when they travel down to Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are currently mired in the middle of the Centennial Conference standings with four other teams, all of whom are jockeying for position as the season inches towards the postseason. Thursday's game in Baltimore is slated to start at 7:00 PM.