LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action earlier Saturday afternoon with a contest against the Diplomats of Franklin & Marshall College. Despite strong performances from several Owls on the day, it was the Dips who held serve on their home court to take a 78-50 win. Erica Dwyer led Bryn Mawr with 15 points on the afternoon, despite today's contest being the first of the season where she did not make a three-pointer. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson also had a strong day, coming up just one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine boards. The Diplomats, meanwhile, got a huge 25-point performance out of Haley Pilone to lead the way in their win.
Bryn Mawr (3-16) jumped out to a quick lead in today's contest, getting out in front 2-0 on a nice layup inside by Dwyer. Franklin & Marshall (5-16) quickly quelled any hopes of an upset, however, with an early run to take a 17-5 lead late in the quarter. The Owls did manage to chip that back down to a single-digit deficit as the second quarter opened, thanks to points from Elizabeth-Robertson and Dwyer. Unfortunately, the Diplomats quickly responded with another run of their own to make it a 33-13 game. A timeout from the Owls helped draw up a nice play that found senior Veronica Roux open inside for a layup to halt that run. Dwyer and Elizabeth-Robertson would continue to score, and Sanam Sheriff would get in on the action as well, but by the time the halftime break rolled around, Franklin & Marshall held firmly to a 44-20 lead.
The second half was a virtual repeat of the first, as Bryn Mawr would play nice stretches of ball for a few minutes and close the gap, only to see Franklin & Marshall spur back ahead with double-digit runs. The Owls actually outscored the Diplomats 38-30 in the paint on the day, but where F&M really did their damage was in the turnover department. The hosts forced Bryn Mawr into 23 turnovers on the day and only coughed up the ball five times themselves. The hosts also shot 9-for-24 from beyond the arc and went 11-of-12 at the free throw line in their 78-50 win.
The Owls will now return home to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium for a final three-game homestand, starting in the middle of next week. Bryn Mawr will play host to Swarthmore on Wednesday evening, with the game slated to start at 7:00 PM.