LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team has put together a string of solid performances in their past few games, and that strong play continued Saturday in a league showdown with Franklin & Marshall. The Owls scored their most points this season against a Centennial Conference opponent, with Elizabeth Chan and Halena Martin leading the way with ten points apiece. That helped Bryn Mawr put up 45 points on the day, but Franklin & Marshall proved to be a tough nut to crack. The hosts were led by 21 points from Haley Pilone and ten apiece from Cat Weber and Kristin Hamill. That plus 27 points off of Owls turnovers was just a little too much for Bryn Mawr to overcome, as Franklin & Marshall ultimately collected a 76-45 win.
Bryn Mawr got out to a fantastic start in today's contest, as Martin turned a defensive rebound into a layup on the other end to give the Owls the lead early on. On the other side, Bryn Mawr held Franklin & Marshall scoreless for the first two minutes of play thanks to a block from Sydney Garner and some strong team defense. However, the Owls couldn't get their own offense going to capitalize on that effort, and the Diplomats were eventually able to take a 9-2 lead. Martin and Chan would each hit jumpers over the remainder of the quarter, but the hosts would take an 18-6 advantage by the end of the period.
It was the juniors who opened the scoring for Bryn Mawr in the second quarter, with Chan and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson each getting buckets early on. Unfortunately, those were the only points of the first five minutes of the period, allowing Franklin & Marshall to extend their lead out to 36-10. Laya Paladugu put a stop to that run with a deep three-pointer, and that seemed to help set her off. The freshman guard would go on to draw a trip to the free throw line, where she split the pair, and then she made a great steal and coast-to-coast layup to get Bryn Mawr to 16 points. Chan would hit a pair of jumpers to close out the half and help the Owls stop the bleeding headed into the halftime break.
Franklin & Marshall once again controlled play in the third quarter, outscoring Bryn Mawr by a 2-1 ratio in the frame. However, the Owls stormed back in the fourth to control play in that quarter. Kara Breeden and Lipi Paladugu each hit layups to start the period, and then Sydney Garner went up strong for an offensive rebound and putback on an ensuing Bryn Mawr possession. Elizabeth-Robertson hit a layup of her own with just under five minutes left to play, and then Halena Martin made a nice inside move to earn a trip to the charity stripe for two free throws. Chan and Martin would close out the game on a nice six-point run, with Chan hitting another jumper and Martin converting two layups inside the final minute of play.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action at home on Monday to close out this long stretch of five games in nine days. The Owls will welcome Swarthmore to campus for a 5 PM tip on Monday night before returning to action Wednesday against Ursinus at 7 PM.