Bad Bounces, Tough Calls Sink Owls Upset Shot Against Ursinus

Bad Bounces, Tough Calls Sink Owls Upset Shot Against Ursinus

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Bryn Mawr welcomed Ursinus to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium earlier Thursday evening for yet another highly charged Centennial Conference contest. Both sides came into the meeting looking to rebound from a loss earlier in the week, and ultimately it was the Bears who would come away with the 64-39 win on the night. Erica Dwyer highlighted a strong Owls effort by leading all scorers with 22 points. However, three different Bears scored in double-digits, led by 16 each from Libby Lannon and Lydia Konstanzer.

Bryn Mawr (1-5, 0-3 CC) got their night off to a very strong start with a great first minute of defense. The Owls forced three missed shots, including two forced three-pointers, to keep Ursinus off the board early. On the other end of the floor, Halena Martin worked hard down low and got tremendous positioning, earning an easy jumper and putting the hosts up 2-0 early. Unfortunately, that would be the lone lead Bryn Mawr would see in this one. Ursinus put together a 7-0 run to vault out in front midway through the quarter, but the Owls still stayed in contact with the visitors. Erica Dwyer got herself off to a strong rhythm with a layup to cut into the deficit. Then a few minutes later, she made a jumper and backed it up with a three-ball to make it a 14-9 game with 3:20 to go in the first quarter. However, another little spurt from the Bears thrust them ahead 22-9, and Bryn Mawr was only able to get one more point in the frame to find themselves trailing by 12 at the first break.

Both teams really struggled to get any offense going in the second quarter as defenses buckled down and missed shots skyrocketed. Dwyer and Elizabeth Chan both hit nice midrange jumpers midway through the frame, and then Dwyer nailed another three-pointer with less than a minute to go in the quarter to give the Owls 17 points. Unfortunately, those would be the lone buckets of the half for Bryn Mawr, and it wasn't enough to keep pace with Ursinus' 15 in the frame, and the hosts would take a 37-17 lead to the halftime break.

The Owls came out of the locker room at the half with very inspired play at times in the third quarter. Bryn Mawr started to mix things up defensively, using a three-quarter press and zone defense to confuse the Bears offensively for long stretches in the second half. Odinaka Oranekwu got on the board with a layup to open Bryn Mawr's scoring in the third quarter, and then another made three-pointer from Dwyer sliced the Owls deficit to 17, forcing an Ursinus timeout. Later, Halena Martin showcased her versatility by draining a deep triple of her own. Dwyer would split a pair of free throws on their next possession, drawing the hosts ever closer. Later she would hit another three ball, and then Elizabeth Chan and Martin hit jumpers as well. However, Ursinus managed to diagnose their problems offensively through the middle part of the frame, and they would end up slowly bumping their lead back up to 18 over the final minutes of the quarter.

Bryn Mawr tried to get one last rally going, and there was no better way to start that effort than Dwyer's fifth three-pointer of the game. However, the Owls would then go on a long scoring drought that virtually sealed the final result, as they would only score three points over the final 9:34 of play. Ursinus was able to roll in some fresh legs and did just enough to keep the Owls at bay en route to the 64-39 win.

The story of the night in this contest would have to be the turnover margin. Bryn Mawr coughed up possession 35 times in the game, including digging themselves a hole with 12 turnovers in the first quarter alone. Those turnovers proved the difference in the game, as both sides ultimately shot a similar percentage and had roughly even rebounding numbers. Ursinus banked 31 points off turnovers, however, while the Owls would net just 16.

Dwyer led the Owls with 22 points, while Halena Martin added another 10. Chan (four points) and Oranekwu (three points) were the lone other scorers for Bryn Mawr on the night. The Owls were not able to get a single point from their bench. Ursinus featured three players in double-digits, led by Konstanzer. The forward posted her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Lannon added another 16 points, while Paulina Boyer tallied 13.

Bryn Mawr will have to bounce back quickly from tonight's tough result, as they get right back in action Saturday afternoon. The Owls travel over to Lancaster for a 1:00 PM tilt against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.