BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team faced off against the top team in the Centennial Conference earlier Tuesday evening, with some great results throughout. Despite the Red Devils of Dickinson ultimately taking a 66-43 win on the night, the Owls pressed the visitors hard in three quarters, and even outscored their opponents 32-31 in the second half. Erica Dwyer and Halena Martin paced Bryn Mawr with 18 and 14 points apiece, while Helen Roberts led all scorers in the game with a 20-point effort for the Red Devils.
Bryn Mawr's impressive performance came right from the start, as they scored the opening points of tonight's contest. After a strong defensive rebound from Sydney Garner, the Owls came down the court and worked the ball into the hands of Dwyer. The sophomore sharpshooter nailed a deep three-ball, giving the hosts a quick 3-0 lead. Dickinson answered in kind just fifteen seconds later with a three of their own, and then the visitors took a 5-3 lead after a Bryn Mawr miss. Despite finding scoring tough to come by in the opening minutes, the Owls managed to keep pace with their opponents. The triples kept falling for Bryn Mawr in the opening quarter, with Adriana Castilla-Hernandez hitting one of her own before Dwyer knocked down another. The Owls shot just 25% in the opening frame, but found themselves trailing by just ten to the Red Devils.
The second quarter was where things all went wrong for Bryn Mawr. The Owls were held to just two points on 1-for-12 shooting and turned the ball over seven times. Meanwhile, Dickinson continued to run their offense, which throughout the evening mainly consisted of missing shots just to collect the offensive rebound and get an even better look at the basket. The Red Devils shot just 31% from the floor in the quarter, but by halftime they had bumped their lead all the way out to 35-11.
The halftime break seemed to work wonders for the Owls, who "won" the second half 32-31. The Owls would shoot 44% from the floor for the rest of the game and hit four three-pointers. The turnaround started in the third quarter, with Martin making back-to-back buckets for the Owls. Later, Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Sydney Garner would get in on the action, each hitting baskets in the paint to get Bryn Mawr to 19. In the final minute-plus of the quarter, Martin would sink four free throws, and then Dwyer capped off a terrific period for the Owls by nailing another three. The Owls also turned the ball over just one more time than the Red Devils, who were held to a poor 4-for-21 effort from the floor thanks to a stifling Bryn Mawr defensive effort.
Bryn Mawr's strong play continued into the fourth quarter with another layup from Elizabeth-Robertson. Martin hit one of her trademark jumpers from the top of the key, and then Kara Breeden earned a trip to the stripe and knocked down a pair of freebies for her first points of the contest. Later, Martin hit another jumper, and Dwyer would knock down three more triples to close out the game for Bryn Mawr, including one as the clock expired to close out the game.
The Owls will certainly look to build on the tremendous second-half performance they put out this evening. Bryn Mawr was able to limit their turnovers and rebound the ball well enough, and the shooting finally came around for the Owls in the second half as well. With that combination going, Bryn Mawr is a dangerous opponent no matter who they face. With that said, a warning goes out to Johns Hopkins; the Owls will face off against the Blue Jays in their next conference, with a quick turnaround in store. Both teams will be coming off Tuesday games when they face off against each other in Baltimore on Thursday. That game is slated to start at 6:00 PM. Bryn Mawr will then return home on Saturday for another big contest against Franklin & Marshall at 1:00 PM.