Strong First Half Not Enough For Bryn Mawr to Overtake Ravens

Strong First Half Not Enough For Bryn Mawr to Overtake Ravens

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action earlier Saturday, playing their second game in three days. Taking on Rosemont College, the Owls once again got off to a very strong start in today's contest as the two sides played each other close into the second half. However, the Ravens ultimately put together a very efficient final two quarters, allowing them to pull away to an 81-56 win on the day. Bryn Mawr was led by a strong 24-point performance by sophomore forward Halena Martin, which tied her career-high. On the other side, Rosemont got a game-high 27 points from Ke'alohilani Naone-Carter, while Jasmyn Parker chipped in another 11 points.

Martin got the Owls going early in the game with a three-pointer less than a minute into play. In a sign of things to come for most of the first half, Rosemont would answer right back with a three-pointer of their own to tie the game back up at the 7:25 mark. The two sides traded threes again to make it a 6-6 contest, and then an Owls free throw from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson put the home team back out in front. Rosemont would collect their first lead of the game just a few minutes later thanks to two free throws, but Halena Martin answered right back for Bryn Mawr with two free throws of her own. However, Rosemont would go on a ten-point run over the next few minutes, ultimately climbing out to an 18-9 lead. Bryn Mawr did a great job responding to that, as a layup from Martin and back-to-back buckets from the Paladugu twins cut into the Rosemont lead. Martin hit another jumper with 18 seconds to go in the frame and the Owls got a stop defensively, allowing them to head into the second quarter trailing just 19-17.

The tight play continued into the second quarter, as Martin immediately tied the game up at 19-all with another jumper from a tough angle. Rosemont raced back out to a 25-19 lead, but Bryn Mawr stayed calm and kept right with the visitors thanks to a five-point spurt from Martin. In fact, the powerful forward would make all but one of Bryn Mawr's baskets in the second quarter and collect 11 points in that frame alone for the Owls. The other scoring came on a great effort from Elizabeth-Robertson to fight through a foul, hit a layup, and complete the three-point play with a free throw. Two more free throws from Laya Paladugu closed out the quarter for Bryn Mawr, and as the teams headed to halftime, the Owls trailed just 38-33.

Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the stoppage seemed to change the tides of the game in favor of Rosemont. Naone-Carter got the Ravens on the board right away with an easy layup off of a nice inbounds play to open the third quarter, and the visitors never really looked back from there. This time, it was Naone-Carter's turn to score 11 points in a quarter, and that helped the Ravens stake themselves to a big lead. The Owls tried to fight back in the middle of the quarter, showing some great intensity and grit to stay in the game. After a timeout, Bryn Mawr found Martin once again for a three-ball, and then Sydney Garner went to work in the post to earn two free-throws. Brendan Harrison then hit a baseline jumper, and that got Bryn Mawr back within six at 47-41. The teams would trade baskets over the next several minutes, but Rosemont would close out the third quarter on a 9-0 run to sail out to a 58-43 lead.

That deficit would prove too much for Bryn Mawr to come back from, as the Ravens continued to pull away in the final quarter. Martin and Meagan Murray-Bruce were the main offensive contributors in the opening minutes of the frame, as Martin hit another jumper and Murray-Bruce got on the board with a layup and free throw of her own. The Owls kept feeding their bigs as the frame went on, with Garner getting another basket and a free throw herself. However, the offensive efficiency just wasn't there for Bryn Mawr in the second half; the Owls would shoot a combined 7-for-31 in the third and fourth quarter, a meager 22% clip. On the flip side, Rosemont shot almost 49% in the second half, which allowed them to ultimately come away with the 81-56 win.

Bryn Mawr will squeeze one more game in before Thanksgiving break next week, as the Owls will stay at home and welcome Muhlenberg to campus for their first Centennial Conference game of the season. That game is set to take place on Tuesday evening, with tip-off slated for 7:00 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.