BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls basketball team welcomed Washington College to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium earlier Wednesday night for a hard-fought Centennial Conference contest. The two teams battled it out on the court in a physical contest, with a total of 43 fouls called in the game. However, the Shorewomen were able to power through, and they used a strong first-half performance to ultimately hang on for a 68-39 win in the game. Halena Martin led the Owls with 12 points in the contest, while Washington College's Ali Grundy posted a game-high 17 points to lead all scorers.
For the second straight game, Bryn Mawr got off to a solid start in tonight's contest. Martin opened the scoring for the Owls, taking a steal and going the other way to hit a jump shot and put Bryn Mawr ahead. Washington College got back out in front with a three from Grundy and a bucket from Thiemann. However, Bryn Mawr stuck with the visitors, as Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Martin hit a pair of jumpers. Unfortunately, the offense would dry up from there, as the Shorewomen would go on a 12-0 run to close out the quarter and take a 19-6 lead at the break.
That run would continue into the second quarter as well, as the visitors would score seven more points out of the break to go ahead 26-7. Elizabeth Chan broke that streak with a free throw, and then Elizabeth-Robertson hit a pair of free throws on the next trip down the court. Later in the quarter, Sydney Garner hit a nice jumper from the baseline, and then Odinaka Oranekwu put together a great set of back-to-back posessions. First, the freshman forward got open for a jump shot, and then she flew down the floor after a rebound from Adriana Castilla-Hernandez, taking a sweet pass from the captain and laying the ball in on the break. That would be the final basket of the half for the Owls, who trailed 38-15 heading into the halftime stoppage.
Bryn Mawr really came out of the locker room at halftime in a different place, and it showed with one of their best quarters of the game. Castilla-Hernandez hit a jumper right out of the break, and then a few possessions later, Oranekwu got a layup after some strong work down low. Erica Dwyer was able to get on the scoresheet with a three-ball from the top of the circle, and then Martin earned four points late in the frame on a jumper and two free throws. Meanwhile on the defensive end, the Owls held Washington College to just 4-of-15 from the field in the frame, and they forced the Shorewomen into five turnovers as well.
The Owls started the fourth quarter on a great 7-0 run, thanks to baskets from Martin and Dwyer and a rhythym three-pointer from Castilla-Hernandez to cut the visitors' lead to just 17. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough time left in the contest for Bryn Mawr to make up their deficit. Washington College was able to just barely keep Bryn Mawr at arm's length, doing just enough offensively to hang on for the win in the end.
Bryn Mawr did a tremendous job with their ball control on the night, turning the ball over just 15 times. The Owls also forced the Shorewomen, normally a team with a positive turnover margin in their contests, into 15 turnovers as well. Neither side was able to take advantage of all the trips to the line in the contest, as each side shot under 50% from the charity stripe in the game. Unfortunately for the Owls, those shooting woes carried through the entire game, as the hosts shot just 28.8% from the floor. That ultimately proved to be where Washington College gained their advantage, as the Shorewomen hit 40% of their attempts.
The Owls will look to bounce back from tonight's tough result when they host Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will be looking for one last win before winter break, and they'll get that chance on Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.