BRYN MAWR,Pa. – The Owls basketball team took on Johns Hopkins earlier Saturday afternoon in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium in a Centennial Conference showdown. It was a tough start early on for the Owls, as the Blue Jays held Bryn Mawr to just four points in the opening quarter. However, the Owls rebounded from that bad opening, building a strong performance over the rest of the game.
Johns Hopkins got off to their fast start thanks in part to four made three-pointers from Emily Howie. The first-year guard went four-for-four from beyond the arc in the span of less than two minutes, with every shot hitting nothing but net. Overall, the Blue Jays ran out to a 14-0 lead before a layup by Sydney Collins on a great feed from Brendan Harrison got the Owls on the board. A smooth jumper from Ella Kotsen went down a few minutes later, but by the end of the first period, Johns Hopkins held a 24-4 advantage.
A free throw from Meagan Murray-Bruce got the Owls on the board to start the second period, a quarter that proved to be the best of the game for Bryn Mawr. Martin added her first bucket a few minutes later and then knocked down a single free throw as well. Sydney Collins split a pair of free throws too, and then Martin hit another difficult jumper on the Owls' next possession. Emma Garner went on a nice run to close out the quarter for the Owls, as the first-year hit a nice jumper on a feed from Lipi Paladugu to get on the board. Then, Garner earned a trip to the free throw line herself, where she split the pair to give Bryn Mawr 14 points. However, the Blue Jays hit a basket right before the clock expired, giving the visitors a 41-14 lead headed into halftime.
Unfortunately for the Owls, things didn't get much better in the second half. Johns Hopkins continued their hot shooting, going 15-for-27 in the second half en route to a 50.9% shooting percentage on the day. The Blue Jays also hit six more threes in the second half and shot a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line on the day to cruise out to their 82 points. Meanwhile, the Owls just couldn't get their offense clicking. Johns Hopkins forced 26 Owls turnovers on the day, and their suffocating defense held Bryn Mawr to just 7-for-32 from the floor on the day. May Hanlon hit a bank shot midway through the third quarter to get the Owls their lone points of that frame. In the fourth, Martin hit a pair of free throws and then knocked down a jump shot a few moments later. However, that would be all Bryn Mawr would get in the second half, as Johns Hopkins pulled away to the 82-20 win.
Bryn Mawr will be back in action next week on the road before returning to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium next Saturday for their final home game of the season. The Owls will travel to Franklin & Marshall for a 6:00 PM tip on Wednesday before getting in action back here at home at 2:00 PM on Saturday against Dickinson.