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Owls Celebrate Senior Day Against Dickinson

Quartet of seniors before senior day game

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Owls basketball team was back in action one more time at home this season on Saturday, welcoming Dickinson to campus for a Centennial Conference matchup. Bryn Mawr honored their seniors prior to their final home contest of the 2019-20 season, and then put on a good showing against an aggressive Red Devils squad. Owls senior Halena Martin made sure to leave one more good memory on her home court, pouring in 18 points in the final home game of her career. All four of the Owls seniors got on the board in the contest in a fitting home finale for the quartet. Unfortunately, Dickinson spoiled the party for the Owls, running a full court press virtually the entire duration of the game to take a 79-35 win on the day. The Red Devils were led by a 10-point performance from Mia Kolb off the bench.

The visitors got off to a fast start, drilling three three-pointers in the first ninety seconds to jump out to a 9-0 lead. However, a quick timeout helped the Owls settle down and get on the board themselves. Lipi Paladugu made a fantastic back cut from the right wing, and a nice pass from Brendan Harrison found the junior streaking in for a layup. Paladugu drained the basket and got fouled, and that helped take away some of the Dickinson momentum. Martin made a bucket of her own a few minutes later to get on the board. Then, Sydney Collins and Laya Paladugu each made baskets in the final two minutes to make it a ten-point deficit after one quarter of play.

Bryn Mawr continued to plug away at the Red Devils, but the second quarter proved particularly unkind to the Owls. Dickinson forced 10 turnovers in the period alone, and the visitors shot 50% from the floor en route to hanging 30 points in the frame. Harrison nailed a three early in the quarter, and Meagan Murray-Bruce followed with a nice layup just a seconds later, but after that the basket closed up. The Owls' remaining points in the quarter would come from two free throws each by Martin and Collins, and when halftime finally arrived, Dickinson had ballooned their lead up to 48-17.

The third quarter was a much better performance for the Owls, as the hosts hung with Dickinson almost shot-for-shot. Back-to-back jumpers from Martin got the scoring going, and then the senior forward earned a trip to the charity stripe for two more points. A little later, she canned another jump shot, and then Collins split a pair of free throws. Martin added two more free throws of her own in the final minute of the quarter, giving her an even 10 points in just the third quarter. She would add two more baskets in the fourth, and then Oranekwu completed the senior scoring tally with a single free throw with a couple minutes to play in the game. That would close out the action for the quartet of seniors, as they exited the floor one last time to raucous applause from the capacity crowd in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium. Collins capped off the day with one final basket on a nice post move to get the Owls to 35 on the afternoon.

Bryn Mawr will close out their season with one more contest next week. The Owls will travel to Muhlenberg on Wednesday evening, with gametime in Allentown set for 7:00 PM.