BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team hosted Muhlenberg earlier Wednesday night in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium. Despite a tough first half, the Owls rallied well in the second, even holding the visitors to just six points in the third quarter. However, despite the intense effort in the second-half, it wasn't enough for Bryn Mawr to dig out of a first-half deficit, as the Owls ultimately fell 98-40 to Muhlenberg. Halena Martin led all scorers with 16 points off the bench for the Owls, with Erica Dwyer adding another 13. Muhlenberg got 12 points each from Rachel Plotke, Emily O'Mahoney, and Meghan Falk.
The first half was entirely Muhlenberg, with the visitors shooting 50% from the floor in the half and hitting eight three-pointers. Bryn Mawr, meanwhile, couldn't quite get past a suffocating Mules defense, turning the ball over 13 times and only hitting five baskets in the half. Martin and Dwyer each made two of those buckets, with the lone other basket coming from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson. At the break, Bryn Mawr trailed 60-13.
However, the second half was a completely different story for the Owls. Bryn Mawr set the tone early by driving hard to hoop and drawing two fouls in the opening 1:06 of the third quarter. That second foul sent Kara Breeden to the line, where she split the pair of freebies. On Bryn Mawr's next possession, it was Dwyer who slashed her way into the paint and drew contact, earning her own trip to the free throw line. Dwyer would hit the pair, and then a little later in the quarter, she would nail a deep three from the wing. On the other end, the Owls started to put together some suffocating defense of their own, rallying to the ball and forcing numerous bad possessions by the Mules. Overall, the Owls forced five turnovers, blocked two more shots, and kept the visitors to shooting a measly 13.6% from the floor.
Offensively, the success driving inside continued. Sydney Garner earned a layup with a fantastic up-and-under move in the post. Then, the towering freshman earned a trip to the line and sank a pair of free throws of her own. Her great stretch of play continued with a steal and another trip to the line, where she hit another free throw. Halena Martin would get back in on the action with a jumper, and later she would drill two free throws of her own. When the horn sounded to end the quarter, Bryn Mawr had outscored Muhlenberg, the number two team in the league currently, by a 15-6 margin. The Mules would wake back up and pull away in the fourth, but Bryn Mawr had already shown a strong mentality with their impressive third quarter effort.
The Owls will return to action one more time this season, and it will come this Saturday. Bryn Mawr will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday with their final contest of the 2016-17 campaign. The Owls will look to send out lone senior and captain Adrianna Castilla-Hernandez in style when they face off against Johns Hopkins. Game time on Saturday is set for 1:00 PM.