BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team returned home to take on Johns Hopkins earlier Thursday night, continuing what will be a difficult stretch of contests for the Owls. Playing in the second game of a five-games-in-nine-days "week", Bryn Mawr came out and put together a high-energy game from start to finish. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson led the team with a season-high 13 points on the night, and sophomore guard Brendan Harrison had a career night herself with nine points. Seven of the eight Owls who saw action scored, and the team shot a season-high 33% from the floor on the night. Despite all of those positives, Johns Hopkins' guard-oriented attack proved too much for the Owls to stop, as the Blue Jays spread the scoring around themselves to secure a 75-42 win on the night. Elise Moore led all scorers for the Blue Jays with 15 points off the bench.
Hopkins got on the board first in tonight's affair thanks to a deep three from Madison McGrath. However, Bryn Mawr immediately responded with a three of their own from Harrison on a great feed from Elizabeth Chan. The visitors put together a very efficient first period, shooting 50% from the floor in the period, but Bryn Mawr stayed with them in the early going. Elizabeth-Robertson got the next bucket for the Owls on a jumper, this time with the assist coming from Kara Breeden. Later, it was Harrison's turn again, this time going coast-to-coast off of a defensive rebound for an easy layup. Elizabeth-Robertson kept the trend going by answering with her own smooth jump shot, again off of an assist from Chan. Then, Halena Martin and Sydney Garner got in on the action, each making jumpers from the paint to get Bryn Mawr to 13 points. Unfortunately, with their hot shooting in the first half, Johns Hopkins put up almost 40 points of their own in the half, ultimately taking a 39-13 lead to the locker room at the break.
The second half was where the Owls really shined. In the third quarter, Bryn Mawr nearly matched Johns Hopkins point-for-point in the frame. Harrison and Elizabeth-Robertson once again got the scoring started with a nice five-point run over two possessions early on. First, Harrison stepped in front of a Blue Jays pass near midcourt and coasted all the way to the hoop for an easy transition layup. Then, on the Owls' next possession, Kara Breeden made a great drive-and-dish play, finding Elizabeth-Robertson wide open for a three from the left wing that she promptly buried. After Johns Hopkins put together a mini-run of their own to respond, Elizabeth-Robertson once again nailed a jumper off of a feed from Breeden, and then Harrison hit a jumper of her own on an assist from Chan. In fact, assists were a huge part of Bryn Mawr's success on the night, with 10 of Bryn Mawr's 17 made baskets coming off of passes from teammates. That would be Bryn Mawr's second-best assist ratio and best assist-to-turnover ratio (10/21) of the entire season. A few more of those assists came later in the third quarter, as Halena Martin made a nice pass down low to Garner for a layup and Laya Paladugu found Martin for a jumper of her own. Martin would close the scoring in the period for Bryn Mawr with two made free throws to get the Owls to 30 points.
In the fourth quarter, Elizabeth-Robertson tallied the first four points of the frame in a layup and pair of free throws. Garner continued her impressive post play with another great inside spin and layup on an assist from Breeden. Later, Chan got on the board with her first bucket of the game, and Laya and Lipi Paladugu each netted points before a Garner free-throw closed out the scoring for the Owls in the game.
Bryn Mawr really played a solid game on the night, limiting turnovers and passing the ball well on most of their possessions. However, Hopkins brought their shooting touch with them on the night, shooting 50.8% from the floor (55% in the first half) to pull away to their win. Joining Moore as the leading scorers for the Blue Jays were Kenz Wilkinson (12 points) and Madison McGrath (10). For the Owls, Harrison's career night included nine points and three steals. Elizabeth-Robertson shot 5-for-8 from the floor en route to her 13 points, and Sydney Garner (7 points) and Halena Martin (6) each had solid games for the Owls.
The tough stretch continues for Bryn Mawr on Saturday, as the team will travel to Franklin & Marshall for another Centennial Conference faceoff on only one day of rest. Gametime out in Lancaster is set for 1:00 PM.