LANCASTER, Pa. - The Owls basketball team was back on the road for another Centennial Conference game earlier Wednesday night, as the Owls traveled to take on Franklin & Marshall. Bryn Mawr put on a very solid showing on the night, battling back several times from double-digit deficits. However, the Diplomats ultimately used a 20-4 run in the middle of the game to climb out to a 66-44 win on the night. Halena Martin led the Owls with 13 points, while Sydney Collins added 12 off the bench for Bryn Mawr. Franklin & Marshall featured three scorers in double digits, led by a game high 15 points from Kristin Hamill.
Franklin & Marshall quickly got out to a 9-0 start on the night, but Bryn Mawr got on the board on a pair of free throws from Meagan Murray-Bruce. Baskets were hard to come by in the early going, but the free throw line continued to prove friendly to the Owls. May Hanlon drained a pair a few minutes after Murray-Bruce. Then Collins hit a layup for Bryn Mawr's first basket of the game and followed that with two free throws of her own. One more freebie from Laya Paladugu capped off Bryn Mawr's scoring in the first quarter, helping the Owls keep their deficit to single digits.
The Diplomats built a lead as high as 23-9, but two more free throws sparked a nice run from the Owls to get things back within single digits once again. Martin and Paladugu both hit jumpers, and then Collins did some great work in the post for another layup to get Bryn Mawr within 8. After F&M got that lead back up to 31-17, Bryn Mawr once again went back to work at the free throw line. Ella Kotsen hit one of two, and then two more from Martin came inside the last minute. Emma Garner made a great defensive play after that, earning a steal and making a layup to get the Owls back within single digits right before halftime.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, that would be as close as they could get things, as F&M went on that 20-4 run. The Diplomats started with a basket right before halftime, and then used nine third quarter turnovers from the Owls to add eight more baskets and two free throws in that stretch. When Collins hit a layup with less than a minute to play in the quarter, Franklin & Marshall had built a 51-28 advantage.
Bryn Mawr did close strong, scoring 18 of the final 33 points in the contest. Martin added one more basket before the end of the third, then stayed hot in the fourth with another jumper and a deep three from the left wing. Murray-Bruce got back in the scorebook next, fighting through contact for a layup plus the free throw for another three-point play. Garner and Kotsen closed out the game with two more driving layups before Collins tacked on one more in the final minute, giving the Owls their 44 points.
The Owls will be back at home on Saturday for their final home game of the season. Bryn Mawr will celebrate senior day this Saturday at 2:00 PM against Dickinson, as the Owls will honor the careers of seniors Brendan Harrison, Halena Martin, Meagan Murray-Bruce, and Odinaka Oranekwu.