GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team traveled to central Pennsylvania earlier Saturday afternoon for their final Centennial Conference game of 2017. The Owls hit the road for one of their toughest tests of the season so far, as they faced off against a Gettysburg squad that came into the day with a 6-1 overall record and undefeated in Centennial Conference play. Bryn Mawr put up a strong fight in the contest, and the Owls got double-digit scoring from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Meagan Murray-Bruce. However, Gettysburg showed off just why they are one of the top teams in the league, as they shot almost 50% from three-point range en route to a 65-31 win on the afternoon. The Bullets were led by a game-high 22 points from Ashley Gehrin, with Emma Dorshimer chipping in another 11.
The Bullets started out on fire in today's contest, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first four minutes to play to vault out to a 16-0 lead. Bryn Mawr finally got on the board at the 5:57 mark of the first quarter as Elizabeth-Robertson converted a jumper for the Owls. Unfortunately, that would be the only scoring Bryn Mawr in the frame, as Gettysburg closed out the quarter on another long run to take a 28-2 lead through the first ten minutes of play.
Bryn Mawr did a much better job from there on out of staying neck-and-neck with the Bullets. In the second quarter, it was the Owls who got on the board first thanks to a nice inside move for a layup from Meagan Murray-Bruce. After the Bullets answered with a layup of their own, Murray-Bruce got another basket down low, and then Halena Martin hit a jumper on a nice feed from Kara Breeden. Then Elizabeth-Robertson got hot for the Owls, first with an easy inside layup. Then, the junior pulled down a strong defensive rebound, and on the ensuing offensive possession, she converted a pass from Murray-Bruce into a sweet jumper. Murray-Bruce would go on to sink two free throws to close the scoring on the half, with Bryn Mawr matching Gettysburg point-for-point in the second quarter.
Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson kept her strong play going in the second half, starting with a strong offensive rebound and putback in the third quarter. Later, she would hit another jumper on another great pass from Breeden, and then she made a great defensive play with a nice steal. That led to a possession that saw Lipi Paladugu find Murray-Bruce for another open layup inside. In the fourth quarter, Murray-Bruce got the scoring started by hitting a pair of free throws, and then Laya Paladugu repeated the feat to get the Owls four easy points. Halena Martin would cap off the scoring for Bryn Mawr with a basket and a lone free throw.
Gettysburg got scoring from nine different players on the afternoon, and the hosts shot an impressive 10-for-22 from beyond the arc in their winning effort. Bryn Mawr played some really impressive defense after that tough opening quarter, including tallying six total blocks as a team on the day. Martin tallied seven points behind Elizabeth-Robertson and Murray-Bruce, with Laya Paladugu getting another two.
The Owls will close out their December with one final game next week, and it should be a highly entertaining affair. Bryn Mawr will travel just down the road to Bryn Athyn to face off against the Lions, another team off to a tough start so far this season. The two teams have faced off just once before in the 2013-14 season in what was a close loss for the Owls. Bryn Mawr will look to get some revenge and pick up their first win of the season when they face off against the Lions, with gametime on Wednesday slated for 7:00 PM.