BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team returned to the hardwood earlier Tuesday evening for their first post-Thanksgiving break game. The Owls welcomed Haverford to campus for a tilt between the crosstown rivals, and Bryn Mawr showcased plenty of flashes of strong play on the evening. Halena Martin led all scorers in the contest with 14 points, but unfortunately it wasn't enough, as the Fords used a great start to sail away with a 70-35 win in the game.
With both teams carrying similar records and statistical backgrounds into tonight's game, it looked like a toss-up as to which side would come up with a better start. However, Haverford (2-3, 1-1 CC) quickly answered that question, as the visitors used an 11-2 run in the opening four minutes of play to take a quick lead. Halena Martin was the only Owl who could get anything going offensively in the early going, as she scored her second basket of the night to momentarily put a stop to that run. However, the Fords rattled off seven consecutive points of their own, taking an 18-4 lead with just under two minutes left to play in the quarter. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson got on the board with a nice layup with 51 seconds to go. However, a silly foul by the Owls just before the horn sounded gave the visitors two more freebies and a 20-6 lead heading into the second frame.
Once again, Haverford used a high pressure defense and slashing offensive attacks to kick off the quarter on an 8-1 run. However, Bryn Mawr's offense finally started to click midway through the frame. Elizabeth Chan made a jumper for the Owls, then Adriana Castilla-Hernandez pulled down a defensive rebound and made a great pass that led to a three-ball from Erica Dwyer. Later, Martin and Chan made layups on back-to-back possessions, then Martin split a pair of free throws to get the Owls on 17 points. Unfortunately, Haverford's offense hadn't slowed down to wait for the hosts to catch up, as the visitors put up another 21 points in the frame to take a 41-17 lead at the half.
Bryn Mawr played much better basketball in the second half, limiting the Fords with a much better defensive showing. The Owls forced 10 turnovers in the half, and Odinaka Oranekwu really turned up her play as well. The freshman forward sliced through the lane numerous times with great ball control, opening up shots for her teammates and opportunities for herself. She would score just four points in the second half total, but Oranekwu was also active on the boards as well, leading all Owls in the half with six. Unfortunately, it was just not enough for Bryn Mawr to dig out of the ugly first half start, as Haverford would ultimately coast to the 35-point win.
The Owls will get right back in action Thursday night as they continue their homestand with another Centennial Conference game. This time, Bryn Mawr will welcome Ursinus to campus for a 7:00 PM start. The Bears haven't lost to Bryn Mawr in 48 tries, but the Owls will look to change that with a strong performance on Thursday. Ursinus averages just 43 points per contest and has shot just 29 percent from the floor in five games this year. Bryn Mawr averages 54 a game, and if they can keep progressing and put things together, Thursday's contest has all the makings of another tight game.