BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team had gotten off to great starts in each of their first two games this season, but had no wins to show for their efforts. That changed in a big way on Saturday afternoon, as the Owls got out in front early and never looked back against Wilson College in a huge 82-51 win. Odinaka Oranekwu had a big day for Bryn Mawr, with the freshman posting her first career double-double in a 16 point, 11 rebound performance. Erica Dwyer also stayed hot, leading all scorers with 23 points and tying her own school record from Thursday night's loss at Cairn with seven made three-pointers on the afternoon. Wilson was led by Ashley Henderson, who tallied 18 on the day for the visitors.
Bryn Mawr (1-2) fell behind early after the Phoenix scored the opening basket of the game just over a minute into play. However, the Owls immediately responded with a bucket of their own from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson, and Bryn Mawr would never look back from there. Elizabeth Chan sank a pair of free throws next time down, and then Oranekwu grabbed her own miss and hit a layup to put the Owls ahead 6-4. A bit later in the frame, it was Helena Martin who took over, getting to the free throw line on back-to-back trips down the court and making three of those four chances. Then the next time down the court, Martin got open down low with great positioning, and she converted an easy layup to help the Owls go up five. The run would continue with Sydney Garner, Martin, and Oranekwu all making layups, and then Erica Dwyer knocked home her first three-pointer of the day to get the Owls up 20-8.
Entering the second quarter, Wilson (1-1) put together a strong run of their own to climb back within three points, but that would be as close as the visitors would get for the rest of the game. Martin put a stop to the mini-rally by hitting a jumper from the top of the key for Bryn Mawr, sparking a 24-4 run for the hosts to close out the half. Dwyer's three pointer with 6:35 to go in the frame seemed to open the floodgates, as the sophomore would hit two more before the horn sounded in the quarter. Mixed in were plenty more buckets down low from the Owls' bigs, as they were able to beat the Phoenix inside like a drum. When the dust finally settled after the offense went rampant in the second, Bryn Mawr had doubled up on the visitors with a 44-22 lead.
Even the halftime break couldn't slow the Owls down, as they exploded in the start of the third quarter for seven quick points. Oranekwu made a great move down low to score another layup, plus a foul from Wilson gave her a free throw as well. Then another jump shot from Martin fell putting the Owls up 27. Dwyer would nail three more three-pointers in the frame also, tying her own record with seven in the game and a full quarter left to play (unfortunately, she would go 0-for-4 from deep in the fourth, keeping her from resetting the record on this day). Freshman Kaia Valentine also got her first career points for Bryn Mawr, hitting two free throws to open up her Owls scoring account.
When the fourth quarter rolled around with Bryn Mawr already holding a 64-38 lead, it was just a matter of seeing how many different players Bryn Mawr could get in the scorebook. Ginneh Dickenson and Genesis Castillo each saw their first collegiate action in the frame, with both players scoring their first career points as well. Dickenson would close out the game with a make from the free throw line, getting the Owls to 82 and sealing the big win for Bryn Mawr on the day.
The Owls' 82 points are the most the team has put up since the 1997 season, hopefully a sign of great things to come for the young Bryn Mawr program. Nine different players scored points for Bryn Mawr, and four were in double digits. Along with the performances of Oranekwu and Dwyer, Martin and Garner also tallied double-doubles for themselves as well. Martin registered 15 points and 11 rebounds for Bryn Mawr, while Garner posted 11 and 10. Bryn Mawr did excellent work on the boards on this day, collecting 66 rebounds in the contest, their second-most in a game in recorded history.
Bryn Mawr will look to keep the momentum of today's performance rolling on Tuesday when they get their first taste of Centennial Conference action this season. There's no easing into the action for the Owls either, as they will have to travel up to Allentown to face off against nationally ranked Muhlenberg in their home gym. Tuesday's game is slated to tip off at 7:00 PM.