ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After a few weeks of games where the Bryn Mawr basketball team would put together a solid couple of quarters only to suffer tough losses, the Owls were due to put together a really great 40 minutes of play one of these nights. The bounces finally went the right way for Bryn Mawr on this evening, as the Owls traveled up to Cedar Crest and basically led wire-to-wire over the Falcons in a dominating victory. Halena Martin had a career-night for Bryn Mawr, putting up her third double-double of the season. However, this one was certainly the biggest of them all, as the freshman dropped 24 points and 16 rebounds on the Falcons, who had no answers whatsoever for Martin's versatility and athleticism. Despite her huge effort, Martin still wasn't the leading scorer in the game; those honors went to Cedar Crest's Taylor Osley, who blew up the stat sheet with 28 points in the contest.
After Bryn Mawr suffered a tough loss to Cedar Crest on their home court back in the first game of the season in November, the Owls were looking for a little bit of payback on this night. Martin got Bryn Mawr off on the right foot with a jumper less than 20 seconds into the game to put the Owls on top. Cedar Crest answered right back with a deep three from Tenille Stewart on the very next play, handing the Falcons an early 3-2 lead. However, Elizabeth Chan would put Bryn Mawr up for good with a jumper of her own a few minutes later. Martin kept heating up in the next few possessions, hitting two more jumpers. Then, Bryn Mawr started to work the ball around and get the rest of the offense going. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Kara Breeden hit back-to-back jumpers to put the Owls up 12-6, and then Erica Dwyer made a nice move into the paint and earned a trip to the free throw line, where she sank both freebies. That exact same pattern would repeat before the first quarter ended; first a jumper from Elizabeth-Robertson, then a nice layup from Breeden, and finally two more free throws from Dwyer that put Bryn Mawr up 20-14 after one quarter of play.
The Owls really stepped on the gas to open the second frame. Sydney Garner got in on the scoring with a nice post move to earn a trip of her own to the charity stripe, where she split the pair. A great defensive stop and strong rebound from Garner led to a break the other way for Bryn Mawr, where Dwyer found Martin open on the wing for a three. After the two sides traded empty possessions, Dwyer put Bryn Mawr up 26-14 with a layup at the 8:32 mark of the quarter. Cedar Crest made a solid little run in the middle of the frame to trim their deficit back down to just six. However, a smart timeout from Owls head coach Becky Tyler helped Bryn Mawr regain their stranglehold of the lead. Bryn Mawr went on an 11-5 run to close out the quarter, with more spectacular play from Martin pacing the way. The freshman grabbed a missed free throw and stuck the putback for a layup with just over a minute to go. Then, after a three from Osley, Martin answered with three points the hard way, hitting a layup while being bumped and then draining the subsequent free throw to send Bryn Mawr to the locker room with a 39-27 lead.
Even the long halftime break couldn't quench the fire that was Bryn Mawr's offense early in the second half. Martin picked up where she left off by hitting a layup right out of the break. Then, it was Kara Breeden's turn to convert an old-fashioned three point play with a layup plus a free throw. Elizabeth Chan hit a jumper next, followed by two free throws from Martin. When Dwyer got inside for another layup at the 6:37 mark of the third, Bryn Mawr had ballooned their lead all the way out to 50-30. However, Cedar Crest was bound to start getting calls and hitting shots sooner than later, and over the remaining 6:37 of play in the frame, the Falcons offense exploded. The hosts managed to knock down a couple threes and earn a few more trips to the free throw line, and by the time the horn sounded, Bryn Mawr's lead had been trimmed to just nine points.
However, the Owls were determined not to let this one get away. Martin started to the efforts to restore Bryn Mawr's advantage with another jumper. Then, the Owls went on a 10-2 run over a two-minute stretch that virtually sealed the final outcome in favor of the visitors. Dwyer kicked off that run with a deep three, followed by two free throws for Martin. Then, Sydney Garner made a great spin move inside and converted a wide open layup, and Dwyer capped off the run with one last three-ball. That deep strike put the Owls ahead 68-51 with just 4:38 left to play. All that remained for Bryn Mawr was to salt away the final moments and get out of Allentown with a big win, and that's exactly what they did. Dwyer scored four more points, and Adriana Castilla-Hernandez capped off the game with a jumper with under a minute to go, handing the Owls a fantastic 74-57 win on the night.
The 74 points scored for the Owls are the third-most in a single game in recorded history. Bryn Mawr posted several other statistical notes in this one. The team made 29 field goals, tied for fourth-most in a single game, and the Owls' .439 shooting percentage was tied for fifth-best in a single game. Martin's 16 rebounds was also enough to crack the top 10 in a single game in Owls history. Dwyer also had a solid game herself, scoring 20 points off the bench for Bryn Mawr and going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Chan and Elizabeth-Robertson each tallied eight points, while Breeden added seven and Garner five.
Bryn Mawr will look to carry some of this positive momentum into their next contest, as the Owls get back in Centennial Conference action on Saturday. Bryn Mawr will travel to Dickinson this weekend to face off against the Red Devils, who are embroiled in a bitter playoff battle in the league standings. The Owls will hope to throw a wrench in the Dickinson plans when the two teams face off in Carlisle at 2:00 PM on Saturday.