ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr basketball team traveled up the Northeast Extension for their first Centennial Conference contest of the season earlier Tuesday evening. The Owls did not get an easy opponent to open their league slate this year, as they faced off against #17/16 Muhlenberg. The Mules proved just why they had earned their ranking in the top 25, as they were able to spread around the scoring and use their high pressure attack to coast to an 87-44 victory over the Owls on this night. Bryn Mawr was led by a strong effort from Halena Martin, with the freshman scoring 18 points and pulling down seven rebounds to pace the Owls. Muhlenberg showcased their tremendous depth in this game, with no Mule breaking into double digit points.
The hosts got off to a great start in the contest with a 10-0 run right out of the gate. Bryn Mawr (1-3, 0-1 CC) stuck with it despite the slow beginning, and the Owls finally broke through midway through the frame on a layup from Martin. The freshman did a great job down low to get around her defender and tally the bucket, and she drew a foul as well. Despite not converting the free throw, it was a sign of good things to come for the Owls forward on the night. Martin would score two more layups in the quarter, plus a free throw. Erica Dwyer got in on the action as well for Bryn Mawr, burying a three-pointer from the wing. However, when the horn sounded to end the frame, Muhlenberg had extended their lead out to 25-10.
The second frame was a similar story to the first, as Bryn Mawr was unable to score in the early part of the quarter. Dwyer finally got the Owls on the board with a steal and breakaway layup with 5:32 to go in the half. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, by that time Muhlenberg had already stretched their lead out to thirty points. Still, the Owls kept at it, with Martin and Dwyer continuing to be the main source of offense for the visitors. Martin made another strong move in the post to earn herself another layup. On Bryn Mawr's next possession, Odinaka Oranekwu pulled barreled her way inside and pulled down a big offensive rebound, leading to another three-ball from Dwyer. Then it was Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson's turn to get in the scorebook, hitting a jumper on a nice assist from Adriana Castilla-Hernandez. Elizabeth-Robertson would close out the scoring for the Owls in the half by splitting a pair of free throws with five seconds to go, making the halftime score 45-20 in favor of the hosts.
Bryn Mawr flashed some brighter periods of action in the second half, despite the large deficit. The Owls were able to spread out the scoring a bit more, with Oranekwu and Elizabeth Chan getting baskets in the first two minutes of the third quarter. Martin caught back on fire in the fourth quarter, as her midrange jumper heated up. The freshman hit four jump shots from above the free throw line in the frame. Later, Oranekwu got a hoop and a harm and was able to convert the old-fashioned three-point play. Dwyer closed out the scoring for Bryn Mawr with a three-pointer and a layup.
Dwyer's 14 points were the second-most for Bryn Mawr on the night, and it extended her double-digit scoring streak to 13 games dating back to last season. That is currently the second-longest active streak in the Centennial Conference. Oranekwu chipped in another five for Bryn Mawr, while Chan, Elizabeth-Robertson, and Kara Breeden also got on the scoresheet for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr will now get a slight break from the schedule for Thanksgiving. The Owls will return to action next week for a busy slate, with three games in five days. That stretch starts on Tuesday, November 29th, as Bryn Mawr hosts Haverford for a 7:00 PM game. The Owls will then welcome Ursinus to campus on Thursday before traveling out to Lancaster for a road contest against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.