CARLISLE, Pa. - Tuesday night marked the beginning of a difficult stretch of games for the Owls, as the team will play five games over a nine-day stretch starting tonight. However, the team certainly showed no signs of holding anything back for this evening's contest, as Bryn Mawr met Dickinson in a key Centennial Conference showdown on Tuesday. The Owls matched the Red Devils shot-for-shot for long stretches of the game, giving the hosts fits with strong 3-point defense and seven steals on the night. Halena Martin led Bryn Mawr with 11 points off the bench, but unfortunately, Dickinson was able to pull away to the win in the end. The Red Devils used a 25-point effort from Kassidy Lesher to ultimately protect home court with a 75-40 victory in the contest.
Dickinson scored the first points of tonight's contest thanks to a layup and-one from Lesher. Bryn Mawr kept right with the Red Devils out of the gate though, with Odinaka Oranekwu tallying the first bucket of the night for Bryn Mawr. Dickinson managed to score the next two baskets, but the Owls were never far behind the hosts throughout the duration of the first quarter. Martin made an immediate impact off the bench for the Owls, as she hit a deep three-pointer just over a minute after coming into the game. She would then net her second straight basket after a nifty steal by senior guard Kara Breeden, and get a third bucket a few possessions later on another great assist from Breeden. Meanwhile, Dickinson was doing their best to pull away, building up a lead of 17-9 with 90 seconds left to play in the period, but the Owls weren't done scoring either. A great post move from Sydney Garner got Bryn Mawr rolling again, and a pair of free throws from Oranekwu got the Owls back within four headed into the next quarter.
Bryn Mawr continued to trim that deficit down in the opening minutes of the second frame thanks in part to a great individual effort from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson. The junior forward took the opening possession inside with a great move to knock down a shot and get fouled in the process. She would hit the free throw as well, bringing Bryn Mawr within one at 16-17. Dickinson hit shots on back-to-back possessions to re-extend their lead, but Martin hit another of her trademark jumpers to keep Bryn Mawr close midway through the quarter. However, the well would go dry from there for the Owls. Over the final 8:10 of the quarter, Dickinson would outscore the visitors 14-0, ultimately taking a 36-18 lead to the lockers at halftime.
Something at the break must have reignited the Owls offense, as Bryn Mawr came out in the third quarter and once again matched Dickinson blow-for-blow. Oranekwu got the Owls started with a layup on an assist from Elizabeth-Robertson, and then a nifty move from Brendan Harrison got her her first points of the game. Later, Garner and Breeden would hit layups, and then Elizabeth Chan scored her first points off the bench on a jumper from the elbow. The two juniors stayed hot over the rest of the quarter, with Chan hitting another jump shot and Elizabeth-Robertson making a jumper and two free throws to close out the period. Unfortunately, after the great effort in the third quarter, Bryn Mawr was gassed in the fourth, as Dickinson outscored the Owls 18-6 in the final period en route to the 75-40 win.
Elizabeth-Robertson tallied seven points on the night and Garner and Oranekwu added six apiece to join Martin as the Owls' leading scorers. Bryn Mawr did a great job limiting turnovers in tonight's contest, as they only committed 17. That amounted to 20 less than their previous time out on the floor on Saturday. Dickinson proved quite efficient themselves offensively, as the Red Devils shot 31-72 from the floor and almost 70% from the free throw line in the game.
The Owls' tough stretch will continue later this week as, after an off day tomorrow, Bryn Mawr gets right back in action at home against Johns Hopkins on Thursday. The Owls will welcome the Blue Jays to campus on Thursday for a 7:00 PM tip in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.