BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team played their final home game of the season when they hosted Ursinus earlier Wednesday night. The Owls fell behind early on the Class of 1958 Gymnasium floor but made some great runs throughout the game to keep pace with the Bears. Ultimately, however, the visitors took home a vital 62-48 win over the Owls. Bryn Mawr was led by an impressive 19-point performance out of freshman Erica Dwyer, while Elizabeth Chan added ten more points. Ursinus rolled through a deep bench all game long, with Rachel Guy leading the visitors with just nine points.
Ursinus (11-12) got off to a hot start early on, jumping out to a 6-0 lead out of the gate. A basket from Chan helped Bryn Mawr (3-19) stop that run, and then another basket from Chan and one from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson pulled the Owls within two points. Later on, Dwyer hit a deep three-pointer, and then Veronica Roux got in on the action with a nice move to the basket for a layup. However, scoring was hard to come by for the Owls in the first quarter as Ursinus' strong defense held Bryn Mawr to just 11 points in the frame.
Although that offensive drought would carry into the second quarter as well, Bryn Mawr played some of their best defense of the season in that frame as well. The Owls held Ursinus scoreless over the first 6:16 of play and to just 10 total points in the frame. They did so by causing a turnover and allowing just one offensive rebound in the whole quarter. Meanwhile, the Owls tried to chip away at their deficit and got the first basket of the quarter via a rainmaker from Kara Breeden. Unfortunately, Bryn Mawr was unable to capitalize to any extent on their great defense, as they were held to just 10 points in the quarter themselves, and when the teams headed to the locker room at halftime, the Bears held a 35-21 lead.
Ursinus came out of the break and really pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Owls by ten points in the frame. However, Bryn Mawr came back and responded by controlling the fourth period. Chan got Bryn Mawr's run started by earning and converting a pair of free throws. Later on, Dwyer hit another three-ball from the wing. After an Ursinus basket, the Owls went on a seven-point run, started by a jumper in the paint from Roux. Then, Dwyer picked the pocket of the Bears' Madison Dew and went coast-to-coast for an easy layup. After another Ursinus turnover, Chan found Dwyer open beyond the arc once more for yet another three-ball. Unfortunately, that offensive burst came just a bit too late to have an effect on the outcome of the game, as Ursinus ultimately held on for the 62-48 win.
Bryn Mawr will close their season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Phoenixville for a game at the University of Valley Forge. This will be the return game of the season series for Bryn Mawr, as the Patriots already traveled here to Bryn Mawr and took home a thrilling 50-46 win. The Owls will look to get some revenge for that close loss in what will be their final game of the season, and things are set to tip off at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.