BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team played their final home contest of the 2017-18 campaign earlier Saturday afternoon, as the Owls took on Gettysburg College inside the Schwartz Center. It ended up being a momentous day for both sides, as the Owls celebrated the career of senior Kara Breeden while Gettysburg ultimately clinched the Centennial Conference regular-season championship by virtue of their 78-31 victory on the day. Breeden capped off her final game at home with a very solid performance, as the senior guard posted two assists, three hard-fought rebounds, and two steals on the day. The Owls were led in scoring by 10 points from Halena Martin, while Laya Paladugu chipped in another six. On the other side, Gettysburg showcased just why they are at the top of the heap in the league as they rolled through their deep and talented squad throughout the day. All but three Bullets who saw action scored points on the day, with Emma Dorshimer leading the way with 15 points and four assists.
Gettysburg got off to a hot start in the contest, jumping out to an 8-0 lead thanks to some hot shooting in the first two minutes of play. The Owls put a stop to that rally at the 7:08 mark after a great defensive rebound from Sydney Garner led to a jumper for Halena Martin. After two more baskets for the Bullets, Bryn Mawr's offense started to wake up a bit more. Laya Paladugu hit a layup midway through the quarter, and then she pulled off a steal on the other end of the floor to earn a coast-to-coast layup for two more points. Later in the quarter, Sydney Garner would split a pair of free throws, and then Elizabeth Chan hit a jumper of her own after a strong defensive rebound from Breeden to get the Owls back within single digits late in the quarter.
Bryn Mawr played some great defense to open the second quarter and force a turnover, and that led to a wide open three for Lipi Paladugu. Gettysburg strung together an 11-point run over the middle part of the period to take a commanding 32-12 lead, but then another three fell for the Owls, this time off the hands of Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson. Chan also hit another jumper late in the quarter, this time on a pass from Sydney Garner, and the Owls were able to head to the break against the best team in the league down just 20 points.
In the third quarter, it was Halena Martin who got the Owls offense going with a jumper on a great pass from Kara Breeden. The Bryn Mawr ball movement continued to stay sharp in the period, as Chan would find Laya Paladugu open for another jumper at the 7:16-mark of the third period. Later in the quarter after a Bryn Mawr timeout, the hosts ran a great offensive set to get Sydney Garner the ball, and she knocked down a nice midrange jumper. Later on, the six-foot sophomore drilled another jumper from the left baseline, courtesy of a feed from Lipi Paladugu. In the fourth quarter, Martin again made Bryn Mawr's first basket on a nice pass from Garner at the high post. In fact, Martin would earn all six of Bryn Mawr's points in the frame, as she hit another shot off of a feed from Chan before knocking down two free throws late to close the scoring for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr played a very solid defensive game throughout the day, despite ultimately coming out on the losing end. The Owls did a particularly good job on the defensive glass, as there were plenty of times where two or three different Bryn Mawr players could be seen actively boxing out and going after every loose ball. Their opponents Gettysburg certainly showed their talent on the day, as the Bullets shot over 50% from the floor and almost 60% from three-point range.
The Owls will now close out their final week of the regular season with two road games, starting next Wednesday night. Bryn Mawr will travel up I-476 to Allentown to take on Muhlenberg College, who will certainly be looking to get things going in the right direction again headed into the playoffs after losing two games earlier this week. Then, the Owls close out their campaign with a trip to Baltimore on Saturday, February 17th to take on Johns Hopkins at 2:00 PM.