BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team welcomed their fellow Centennial Conference member, Ursinus College on to their court earlier Wednesday evening. After falling by two points to Swarthmore College on Monday the Owls were hungry for a win. However Ursinus' 28 points off turn overs is what allowed for the Bears to out-beat the Owls.
Leading the charge for the Owls was Halena Martin with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists. The sophomore forward scored her 500th point in tonight's game and will become the sixth fastest student-athlete to have scored 500 points in Bryn Mawr History. Sydney Garner also had a strong game with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Leading the Bears was sophomore Lydia Konstanzer with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Aliyah Stephens followed right behind with nine points and four rebounds.
Ursinus dominated from the jump running out to an early 6-0 lead over the Owls. However a made layup from Sydney Garner gave the team energy early on. Ursinus responded with a 6-2 run. In the final seconds of the quarter Bryn Mawr was able to knock down a jumper, closing the gap to just six points. However it was the Bears who ended with a 17-12 lead over the Owls.
Cleo Elizabeth-Robinson gave the Owls their first points at the 7:05 mark of the second quarter, placing the two teams in just four points of each other. After a brief time out from Bryn Mawr and Halena Martin knocking down a three pointer, things seemed to favor Bryn Mawr. However the Bears ability to knock down free throws continued to divide the teams. Halena Martin closed out the first half with nine points and four rebounds. Sydney Garner trailed right behind with 4 points and one rebound.
A jumper followed by a block from Sydney Garner ignited the second half. But the Bears responded with a four point run, leaving the Owls behind. A three pointer from Halena Martin attempted to close the gap. However the Bears had already obtained a 12 point lead over the Owls. Free throws from Halena Martin and Laya Paladugu were the final plays of the quarter, placing the score at 35-47. The Bears went on a 7-3 run in the fourth quarter, pulling away from the Owls despite their efforts and expanding the margin to twenty points (61-41).
Bryn Mawr posted a solid effort against Ursinus College however turnovers and a lack of rebounding off missed shots placed the team behind. The Owls were shooting at 50 percent from the free throw line, and had a 37 field goal percentage. Additionally the Owls collectively had a total of 12 steals and 33 rebounds.
Bryn Mawr will return to action Saturday, January 20th when it travels to Mount Holyoke College for a 1 PM Seven Sisters match-up.