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Owls Give Johns Hopkins Early Test in Centennial Conference Matchup

Halena Martin drives against Johns Hopkins in February 2019

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team closed out their recent homestand earlier Saturday afternoon with a matchup against Johns Hopkins. The Owls' forwards did damage all afternoon, as Hopkins was unable to handle the size and physicality of Halena Martin and Sydney Garner. That duo combined for over half of Bryn Mawr's scoring in the contest, but unfortunately, it did not prove to be enough. The Blue Jays weathered the early storm and used some strong guard play to ultimately claim a 64-37 win on the afternoon. Martin led Bryn Mawr with 11 points, while Garner added another 10 for the Owls. Johns Hopkins was led by senior guard Lexie Scholtz, who poured in a game-high 13 points and dished out six assists as well.

The visitors got in front early on a single free throw in the opening seconds. However, Bryn Mawr scored on the ensuing possession, as a Garner layup put the Owls ahead 2-1. Johns Hopkins answered back a couple minutes later on in the low-scoring quarter, but Bryn Mawr got right back in front via two free throws from Laya Paladugu. Then, after another strong defensive possession for the Owls, Paladugu helped build Bryn Mawr's lead further with another free throw the next time down. The Owls continued to do a great job on both ends in the opening minutes, as they followed that with another defensive stop before Garner drew another foul with her strong play down low. The junior center stepped to the line and drained both freebies, pushing Bryn Mawr's advantage to 7-3.

Unfortunately, after the strong start, the offense dried up from there. The Owls went scoreless for over ten minutes of game action, midway into the second quarter. That allowed Johns Hopkins to turn a four-point deficit into a 19-7 advantage. A great play by Paladugu put a stop to the drought, as the sophomore guard drove hard down the right side of the lane and spun a layup off the glass and in while getting fouled. Paladugu promptly sank the free throw to complete the three point play, and that got Bryn Mawr back within single digits. Later, Paladugu drained a jumper on an assist from her sister Lipi, and then it was Martin's turn to complete an old-fashioned three point play of her own after a hard drive to the hoop was rewarded. However, the Blue Jays offense was now running on all cylinders, and Hopkins managed to take a 33-15 advantage to the locker room at the half.

The Owls came out hot to start the second half, with Halena Martin knocking down a jumper on the first play of the third quarter. Then, Garner kept her strong post play going with another hard-working layup down low. A couple possessions later, the junior split a pair of free throws. After Hopkins went on a bit of a run, Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson put a stop to that with a strong offensive rebound and layup, and then Martin followed with another jumper a minute later. Elizabeth-Robertson and Lipi Paladugu would convert free throws before the third quarter ended to help Bryn Mawr maintain some momentum. In the final frame, Shannon Fisher got the offense going, as her hard take to the hoop was rewarded with two free throws. Garner and Martin combined for five points over the next couple of minutes, and then Laya Paladugu hit a free throw and Martin knocked down one more jumper to close out Bryn Mawr's scoring. It was a much better second-half performance, but the Owls were not able to catch up to Hopkins in the 37-64 loss.

Bryn Mawr did a fantastic job with ball control on the day, only turning the ball over 11 times in the contest to tie a season low. The Owls also earned over twice as many trips to the free throw line thanks to their aggressiveness and hard work inside.

The Owls will now start their final road trip of the season, a three-game span that will include contests at Haverford, Swarthmore, and Franklin & Marshall next week. Bryn Mawr will then close out their 2018-19 campaign at home the following week, with a February 13th contest against Washington College before Senior Day on Saturday the 16th against Gettysburg.