LANCASTER, Pa. - Bryn Mawr traveled over to central PA earlier Saturday afternoon for another tough Centennial Conference test. The Owls hit the court in the Mayser Gymnasium to take on Franklin & Marshall, with both teams looking for the second win of the season and hoping it might springboard them onto greater success in December. Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the Diplomats took charge of this one late in the first quarter and would not look back, ultimately securing a 74-36 victory on the day. Halena Martin led the Owls with 10 points in the contest, while Franklin & Marshall got a game-high 18 from Sarah Haddon.
The contest got off to a tight start early, with Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson answering a pair of buckets from the hosts in the opening few minutes. Later, Martin would hit a layup and then Elizabeth-Robertson continued her hot start with another layup of her own to get Bryn Mawr within two points at 6-8. Franklin & Marshall would hit three free throws over their next few possessions to stretch the lead back out a bit, but Adriana Castilla-Hernandez earned a trip to the line for Bryn Mawr in response to make it a 7-11 game.
However, that would be as close as the Owls could keep it. From that point on, the Diplomats would go on a 19-0 run, stretching into the first three minutes of the second quarter and putting the game already virtually out of reach at 30-7. Turnovers plagued the Owls, as they coughed up possession 19 times in the first half compared to just six from the Dips. Bryn Mawr finally got some offense going midway through the frame. Sidney Garner collected a nice offensive rebound and hit the putback, and then Erica Dwyer connected on her lone three-pointer of the contest. Later, Martin would hit a jumper and Garner would convert a second layup with a minute to go in the half. Unfortunately it was just not enough to keep pace with the hosts, who took a 39-16 lead to the locker room at the half.
The third quarter was probably the best of the game for Bryn Mawr, as the Owls were able to generate a bit more offense while also limiting Franklin & Marshall better on defense. Elizabeth-Robertson split a pair of free throws, and then Dwyer and Martin hit three jump shots in a 1:14 stretch to make it a 23-44 game. In fact, Bryn Mawr actually outshot the hosts from the field in the quarter, but Franklin & Marshall made up for that in volume, still outscoring the Owls 15-11 in the frame. Ultimately, the fourth quarter was a similar story, and the Diplomats were able to seal the 74-36 victory.
The Owls will get a bit of a break to recover from today's tough result, as they don't get back in action until the middle of next week. Bryn Mawr will return home for a two-game homestand to close out the 2016 calendar year next week. The Owls will first face off against Washington College on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM before welcoming Gettysburg to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Saturday for a 2:00 PM tip.