BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls basketball team put on a tremendous performance against Washington College earlier Wednesday night in a Centennial Conference home contest. The Owls were led by 14 points from Brendan Harrison, a new career high for the senior point guard. Halena Martin added another 12 points for the Owls as they put up 51 on the Shorewomen, the most Bryn Mawr has scored against a Centennial Conference opponent this season. Washington College got a 12-point performance from Taylor Samuels and double-digit scoring from Emilee Cramer and Bridget McLaughlin, and that was enough to put the visitors over the top in a 65-51 win on the night.
The game got off to a fairly slow start, as both sides struggled to score in the early going. In a rare sight, the Shorewomen took a 1-0 lead before the game even started, as the visitors split a pair of free throws after an administrative technical due to equipment issues. Bryn Mawr shook off the strange start by scoring the first basket of the game and taking a quick 2-1 lead, but the teams then went scoreless for almost three minutes. Washington College finally snapped the drought thanks to a bucket from Cassidy Quattro, and from there the Shorewomen took a 7-2 advantage. A basket from Sydney Collins helped stop that run, and then three points from Odinaka Oranekwu helped the Owls keep things close at the end of the first quarter.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, Washington College did a lot more damage in the second frame. The Shorewomen shot over 50% from the floor and held the Owls to just 3-for-12 on their own end to leap out to a strong lead. Harrison helped keep things somewhat close with a smooth three-pointer midway through the quarter. Martin added two more baskets of her own for the Owls, but by halftime, Washington College held a 33-15 advantage.
However, Bryn Mawr would show some tremendous resilience in the second half, starting with a solid third quarter performance. The Shorewomen extended their lead with an 11-1 run out of the break, but the Owls slowly began to chip away at the deficit over the remaining 6:23 of the quarter. Laya Paladugu made a nice driving layup off of a great feed from Collins to get things started. Then Harrison made baskets on back-to-back possessions for the Owls. A little later, Collins got a layup of her own on a great post entry from May Hanlon. Harrison canned another three-ball on Bryn Mawr's next possession, thanks again to another great kickout by Collins. The Owls would get two more layups from Collins and Oranekwu to close out the quarter, giving Bryn Mawr a ton of momentum headed into the final frame.
Martin knocked down a couple free throws to open Bryn Mawr's scoring in the fourth, and then Harrison hit back-to-back shots once again. The second of those was another three-pointer, this time from the near wing right in front of the Owls bench, sparking a huge celebration from her teammates. She would score again a few possessions later, and then Laya Paladugu got in on the action with a triple of her own. Martin scored four straight points to keep the positivity rolling, and then Meagan Murray-Bruce continued with a jumper on an assist from Martin. The Owls put an exclamation point on the game with a fantastic steal by Lipi Paladugu in the final seconds, with the junior picking a Shorewomen opponent's pocket and driving down the other way to draw a foul. Paladugu sank both free throws to close the game.
Despite the second-half performance not being quite enough to get the win, the Owls had still outscored Washington College 36-21 in the final 16:23 of the game. Bryn Mawr also tied a season-low for turnovers in a CC game with just 16 in tonight's performance. Contrast that with a CC season-high in assists and Bryn Mawr easily put up their best assist-to-turnover ratio against a Centennial Conference opponent this season.
Harrison in particular had a strong showing, as the senior shot 6-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc on the night. She also added seven rebounds and just two turnovers to that performance.
The Owls will be back in action this weekend, as they'll travel just down the road to take on Haverford. Gametime against the Fords is slated for 1:00 PM.