CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team kicked off a three-game road trip earlier Wednesday night with a big matchup against Washington College. The Owls gave the Shorewomen all they could handle early on, especially thanks to a big performance from Meagan Murray-Bruce. The sophomore collected her second double-double of the year as she proved unstoppable for several stretches of the game. She also tied a program record with five blocks in the game, putting her halfway to what would have been an incredible triple-double. However, Washington College managed to battle through Murray-Bruce's great effort and come out on top by a score of 67-32 in this Centennial Conference showdown.
Tonight's contest started in fairly slow fashion, as neither team seemed able to find the bottom of the basket in the opening five minutes. Over halfway through the first quarter, Bryn Mawr was still looking for their first points while the Shorewomen had tallied just five. Washington College ultimately jumped ahead 8-0 before Halena Martin got Bryn Mawr on the board with a jumper from the foul line. On their next possession, Laya Paladugu made a nice move down low for a wide open layup, then later in the half, Murray-Bruce got going by taking a great feed from Kara Breeden and scoring in the paint. She would later split a pair of free throws, and when the quarter closed, Bryn Mawr was keeping right with the Shorewomen in a 7-14 score.
A pair of free throws from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson helped the Owls trim their deficit to just five moments into the second quarter, but a big three-ball from Washington College's Tay Ramsey bumped their lead right back up. More free throws from Murray-Bruce and Elizabeth-Robertson helped the Owls keep the scoring going, and then Martin put home another jumper. With just under three minutes left in the half, Murray-Bruce had one of her finest moments of the game. After an Elizabeth-Robertson shot caromed off the rim, Murray-Bruce leapt high and grabbed the rebound through traffic. Her initial putback effort missed, but the strong sophomore pulled down the rebound once more, battled through contact, and sent home a layup in a stretch that brought the Bryn Mawr bench to its feet. However, Washington College held the Owls to just two made baskets in the quarter en route to taking a 31-17 lead to the halftime break.
Washington College scored the first two baskets of the second half before Elizabeth-Robertson hit a jumper on an assist from Lipi Paladugu. Then it was Halena Martin's turn to go on a personal run, draining a pair of free throws on one possession before coming back down the floor and nailing a deep three-pointer. Then Murray-Bruce hit another free throw, trimming the Shorewomen's lead to 14. However, the hosts closed the quarter on an 8-1 run to take a 47-26 advantage into the final frame. From there, things just got harder for the Owls, as the visitors scored just six points in the last quarter. Lipi Paladugu and Murray-Bruce each hit one basket and one free throw in the fourth quarter, while Washington College would hang a 20-spot on the board to cruise away with the 67-32 win.
Murray-Bruce ended the night with ten points and ten rebounds, her second double-double effort of the season (and her career). She was backed by nine points from Martin and six from Elizabeth-Robertson. On the other side, the hosts were led by a game-high 11 points from Caitlyn Clark.
The Owls will be right back in action on Saturday with another difficult Centennial Conference test. Bryn Mawr will travel to Gettysburg to take on the Bullets in central PA, with gametime slated for 2:00 PM.