BALTIMORE, Md. - The busy week for the Bryn Mawr basketball team continued earlier Thursday evening. In a week full of three tough Centennial Conference games, the Owls played the middle of that set on this night, facing off against the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins. Despite some offensive woes in the first half, Bryn Mawr once again put together a very solid second-half performance. However, it wasn't enough to keep pace with the hot-shooting hosts, who ultimately recorded an 88-32 victory on the evening. Freshman Halena Martin led the way for Bryn Mawr with her tenth double-digit scoring effort of the season. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, featured four scorers in double-digits on the night, led by Lillian Scott with 16 points.
Bryn Mawr got off to a strong start in tonight's contest. An early three from Johns Hopkins put the hosts ahead, but Bryn Mawr came right back the other way and got on the board with a jumper from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson. Then, a great defensive possession for the Owls led to a missed three by the Blue Jays. That effort paid off with another basket from Bryn Mawr on the other end, as the Owls took a 4-3 lead on a jumper from Martin thanks to a sweet assist by Erica Dwyer. Unfortunately, the well dried up for the visitors from that point on into the second quarter. In fact the, Owls would go 9:32 scoreless, with Elizabeth Chan breaking up that rough patch with a free throw early in the second half. Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins didn't stop putting the ball in the hoop to wait for the Owls - the hosts would ultimately take a 24-5 lead in that time frame.
Bryn Mawr continued to play their style of hard-nosed basketball however, showing great hustle the whole way through. Midway through the second quarter, Sydney Garner got in the scorebook with a great move inside for a layup. A little later, Elizabeth-Robertson earned a trip to the charity strip, where she was able to sink a pair of free throws. Martin was also able to help the Owls' cause, hitting another of her patented mid-range jumpers with just seconds to go in the half.
As has become a trend in recent games for Bryn Mawr, the Owls came out of the locker room after halftime looking inspired and playing at an even higher level. Bryn Mawr doubled their first-half output in the entire third quarter along. Adriana Castilla-Hernandez sparked that rally with a nice jumper from the wing a few minutes into the frame. That set off a nice run for the Owls senior captain, as she made a great move around her defender and hit a layup while being fouled. Castilla-Hernandez was then able to hit the free throw as well to keep the momentum going for Bryn Mawr. A little later in the frame, Bryn Mawr got a nice six-point run in the span of a minute. Chan started that effort off with a smooth jump shot, then assisted on another made jumper from Martin. Chan would then get a piece of a Hopkins shot, leading to a fastbreak the other way and a layup for Kara Breeden.
The fourth quarter was another strong frame for the Owls. Once again, Elizabeth-Robertson was the first Owl to score in the frame. A minute later, freshman Ginneh Dickenson scored just the second basket of her young career, hitting a sweet jumper from the right baseline to get the Owls to 26. Martin would close out the scoring for Bryn Mawr, hitting three baskets in the final three minutes of play.
Despite the strong efforts of the Owls, it would be tough for any team to pull off a victory when their opponents are as hot from downtown as Hopkins was on this night. The Blue Jays drained 11 three-pointers in the contest, while Bryn Mawr was held scoreless from beyond the arc for the second time in three games. Johns Hopkins also made much of their living off of some crucial Bryn Mawr turnovers. The Owls coughed up possession 20 times, with the Blue Jays scoring 25 points off those turnovers.
Bryn Mawr will look to rebound and close out this tough week with a strong effort on Saturday. The Owls will return home to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium, where they will kick off the second half of Centennial Conference play with a 1:00 PM game against Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats earned a 74-36 win on their home court against Bryn Mawr earlier this season.