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Basketball Suffers Tough Loss at Haverford

Team on bench at Washington College December 2019

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Owls basketball squad headed just down Lancaster Avenue earlier Saturday afternoon for a contest against Bi-Co partner Haverford. It was a tough battle on the day as the Owls faced off against one of the top defensive teams in the Centennial Conference, but Bryn Mawr still found a way to find some positives in the contest. Coming off of a career-best performance earlier midweek against Washington College, Brendan Harrison led the team once again today. The senior guard put up an eight-point effort on the day, going 3-for-6 from the floor with just two turnovers as the starting point guard. Odinaka Oranekwu and Halena Martin added another four points apiece for the Owls. Haverford lived up to their billing, though, as the Fords featured three double-digit scorers and held Bryn Mawr to just 28 points on the day.

It was a tough start right from the jump today, as the hosts took a 15-0 lead before Emma Garner got the Owls on the board with a jumper on an assist from Sydney Collins. That would be the only scoring of the first quarter for either team, but Meagan Murray-Bruce got the first points for the Owls in the second with a free throw. Halena Martin added a jumper a little later, and then Collins sank a pair of free throws. Unfortunately, the Fords' suffocating defense proved difficult for Bryn Mawr to crack, and Haverford ultimately took a 35-7 lead to the locker room at the half.

The second half was a bit better result for the Owls, with Murray-Bruce getting the scoring going in the third quarter with a layup on an assist from Lipi Paladugu. Paladugu made a layup a few minutes later to get the Owls to double-digits, and then Oranekwu sank a driving layup. May Hanlon closed out the scoring in the third with a smooth jump shot in space. Later on in the fourth, the Owls put up a game-high 14 points in the frame. Harrison nailed a three-pointer thanks to a nice pass by Martin, and then Martin made a jumper of her own on another assist from Paladugu. After a several minute scoring drought, Ella Kotsen and Oranekwu both made layups. Then, Harrison took over to close out the game, nailing a jumper and another three-ball on back-to-back possessions before time expired. Unfortunately the game was already well in favor of the Fords, who collected an impressive 76-28 win on the night.

The Owls will be back in action at home next week, as Bryn Mawr will welcome Swarthmore to campus on Wednesday night for a 7:00 PM contest.