BALTIMORE, Pa. - The Owls basketball team closed out their 2017-18 season earlier Saturday afternoon with a road trip to Johns Hopkins. Bryn Mawr did a great job distributing the ball throughout today's contest against their Centennial Conference opponent, as every Owl who saw action on the day scored at least one basket. Halena Martin led the team with 11 points in the game while Meagan Murray-Bruce and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson tallied six and five points, respectively. However, Johns Hopkins ultimately carried the day, claiming a 68-36 victory thanks in part to 41 points from the bench. Lillian Scott led all scorers in the game, as the Blue Jay posted 15 points in 26 minutes of action.
Johns Hopkins scored the first two baskets of the contest, but Bryn Mawr stayed right with the Blue Jays in the early going. Halena Martin scored the Owls' first bucket of the day, coming off a great pass from Halena Martin. A few minutes later, Murray-Bruce got on the board herself, making a great move inside to get an easy layup. Martin would hit another layup later in the quarter, but but Johns Hopkins' offense was a bit more efficient in the period, as the hosts took a 15-6 lead after ten minutes of play.
The second quarter was a much closer affair for the Owls, as they got in the scoring column early with another basket from Murray-Bruce on a feed from Martin. Later, Odinaka Oranekwu hit a layup for her first basket of the night, and then Brendan Harrison got on the scoresheet as well with a deep three-pointer. The Blue Jays stretched their advantage back out to 11 midway through the quarter, but a layup plus a free throw from Martin helped trim that deficit back to eight. However, a five-point run from Johns Hopkins closed out the quarter, giving the hosts a 29-16 advantage headed into halftime.
The Blue Jays held Bryn Mawr scoreless through the first 5:56 of play in the third frame, allowing them to stretch their lead out to 24 points. The Owls put a stop to that rally with some great work on the offensive glass, as two offensive rebounds led to a third-chance basket for Murray-Bruce. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson got Bryn Mawr's next basket after a great steal by Harrison. On Bryn Mawr's next possession, Lipi Paladugu drained a deep three-pointer, and then Oranekwu hit a layup for second basket of the game. In the fourth quarter, Elizabeth-Robertson made a great defensive play to get a steal, and then she hit a three-pointer off a pass from Laya Paladugu on the Owls' ensuing possession. Later, Kara Breeden, the Owls' senior guard playing in her final game, hit a jumper of her own to get the Owls to 30 points. Martin would hit back-to-back jumpers a few possessions later for Bryn Mawr, and then Laya Paladugu closed out the scoring on the day for the Owls with a great offensive rebound and layup.
Bryn Mawr wrapped up the day with four assists and four steals, along with 36 rebounds after a nice day on the boards. Johns Hopkins had ten players score points in the contest; Scott was joined by Marissa Varnado in double-digit scoring for the team, as she added 14 points for the Blue Jays.
The Owls ultimately put together another great developmental season this year. The team must say goodbye to Breeden after her tremendous accomplishments and leadership, but the Owls should return nine players to the squad next year. Bryn Mawr will be looking to build off of their strong performances this season when they get back in action next fall.