GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball program saw another record fall at the hands of Erica Dwyer earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls sophomore, who already sits at the top in several single-game and single-season categories, now has her first career record for Bryn Mawr. With four three-pointers today, Dwyer has totaled 128 threes in her career, most all-time at Bryn Mawr. Unfortunately for the Owls, that would be little help to the result today, as Bryn Mawr struggled out of the gate en route to a 70-40 loss to the Bullets of Gettysburg College. Dwyer led the Owls with 16 points on the day, while Odinaka Oranekwu pulled down 10 rebounds in a solid game. Gettysburg was relentless on offense, getting 22 points from Emily Gibbons and another 20 from Emma Dorshimer in a very clean win.
The contest started out relatively back-and-forth over the first few possessions. Dorshimer handed the hosts a quick lead with a bucket in the first 30 seconds, but Bryn Mawr answered right back on a jumper from Adriana Castilla-Hernandez to tie the game back up. Gibbons would get in on the action for the Bullets early with a basket and two free throws as Gettysburg bumped out to an 8-2 lead. Dwyer, who came into today's game needing two three-pointers to tie Emilie Naccarato ('10) for the all-time record, hit her first at the 7:14 mark to draw the Owls back within three. Unfortunately, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr would get for the rest of the game. Gettysburg used several Owls turnovers and missed baskets to put together a 19-point run over the middle part of the first quarter. Bryn Mawr finally ended that stretch on a layup from Oranekwu, but when the quarter finally ended, Gettysburg had raced ahead to a 30-7 lead.
The tough bounces only continued to go against Bryn Mawr in the second quarter, with the Bullets outscoring the visitors 26-9 in the frame. Ginneh Dickenson got on the board with two free throws, and then Sydney Garner got in on the action with a layup after a really great feed from Elizabeth Chan in the post. Later, Castilla-Hernandez would drill a triple, and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson got the Owls to 16 with a bucket of her own. Despite the balanced scoring attack, the Owls could not stop Gettysburg on the other end at all. The hosts shot 61.5% from the floor in the first half, and they would close the half on a 15-0 run to claim a 56-16 lead at the break.
Once again for Bryn Mawr basketball, the third quarter proved to be perhaps the best of the day. The Owls came out of the break and set the tone early with a basket from Chan just eight seconds in, and later Garner would hit a free throw as well. It was in the second half of the quarter that the Owls did most of their damage, and it was Dwyer who ended up doing most of it. The sophomore first earned a trip to the free throw line at the 4:18 mark of the frame, where she promptly sank the pair. Then on the Owls' next possession, Dwyer tied the record with a step-back three. After a layup from Elizabeth-Robertson, Dwyer hit a layup of her own to get the Owls to 28 points. Then, with 1:15 to go in the third quarter, Dwyer stole the ball from a Gettysburg player and went the other way on the break. Finding herself open beyond the arc, the sophomore let it fly, hitting her third three-ball of the day to capture the program record.
In the fourth, Sydney Garner took over a bit more. The freshman continued to work hard inside, and used some really great post moves to get around defenders and earn two easy layups. Dwyer would also nail one more three-ball, which also happened to be the final made basket of the game for either side. That puts the sophomore at 128 total, and who knows how high she can set the bar in the future.
The second half ended up being a real quality effort from the Owls, as they outscored Gettysburg 24-14 in the half. Bryn Mawr held the Bullets to just 21.4% shooting in the half, and they also kept the hosts from hitting any of their outside shots in that frame. Meanwhile, they pulled down the exact same number of rebounds and only turned the ball over one more time than the Bullets in the half.
The Owls will look to keep that second-half momentum going over their final two games, and both of those will come at home next week. First, Bryn Mawr will face off against Muhlenberg on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM, and they will then welcome Johns Hopkins to campus on Saturday for the season-closing contest at 1:00 PM.