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Paladugu's Strong Night Not Enough To Overcome Haverford

Laya Paladugu puts up a shot against Haverford in November of 2018

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team got another busy three-game week underway earlier Tuesday night with a short jaunt down the road to Haverford. The Owls did their best to slow down the powerful offensive attack from the Fords, but couldn't generate enough scoring of their own, as Haverford ultimately walked away with a 77-24 win on the night. Laya Paladugu led the Owls with eight points in the contest, while Lipi Paladugu and Sydney Garner each added another five. Haverford was led by 14 points from Macy Goldbach and another 13 from Julianna Clark off the bench.

It was a very low scoring game in the opening minutes, as there were only eight points scored in the first five minutes of the contest. However, Haverford was responsible for all eight of those points, giving the hosts a solid lead early. Lipi Paladugu put a stop to that run with a strong drive to the hoop to earn two free throws and get Bryn Mawr back within six. Unfortunately for the Owls, Bryn Mawr would go 0-for-10 from the floor in the quarter and not score another point, ultimately allowing Haverford to build up a 20-2 advantage after the first period. The second frame went better for the Owls on offense, as Laya Paladugu, Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson, and Brendan Harrison all scored baskets for Bryn Mawr in the quarter. However, the Haverford offense continued to pour in baskets, as the Fords put up 28 points in the quarter en route to a 48-9 lead at the half.

Sydney Garner got the Owls' scoring starting in the third quarter with a nice layup on an assist by Halena Martin. Laya Paladugu followed that with a layup later in the quarter, and then Martin got a bucket of her own on a nice feed by Brendan Harrison. Paladugu would make two more layups in the quarter to close out Bryn Mawr's scoring in the frame, a period in which the Owls also held Haverford to just 12 points on the other end. In the fourth quarter, Lipi Paladugu tallied three points on a nice layup plus the foul, and then Garner capped off the night with another basket down low. Haverford claimed the 77-24 win with a great defensive performance, holding Bryn Mawr to just 21% shooting and 18 turnovers, while only coughing up possession four times themselves.

Bryn Mawr will look to rebound from tonight's tough loss when they get right back in action on Thursday night. The Owls will travel to Swarthmore for another battle with the Garnet on Thursday, with gametime slated for 7:00 PM in that one.