BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Bryn Mawr played their final basketball game of the 2016 calendar year earlier Saturday afternoon, as they welcomed Gettysburg to town for another tough Centennial Conference tilt. The Bullets carry one of the highest-powered offenses in the league, and it was on full display today in a tough 90-41 loss for the Owls. Bryn Mawr got strong performances from numerous players, including 15 points from Halena Martin and 10 from Odinaka Oranekwu. However, three different Gettysburg players hit double-digits en route to their victory, led by 18 off the bench from Amber Bourke.
For about the fourth straight game, Bryn Mawr got off to a solid start in the opening minutes of today's contest. After a bucket from Gettysburg gave the visitors the early lead, the Owls answered with a nice jump shot from Oranekwu. The Owls would have a chance to take the lead on their next possession after a Bullets miss, but two Bryn Mawr efforts just missed, and the visitors would take the ball the other way and score a layup. This time it was Martin who would answer, making a great move around her defender in the paint and banking home a layup to make it a 4-4 game. However, Gettysburg would put together the first of a few runs that killed any Owls momentum, using an 8-0 spurt to vault out to a 12-4 lead. Head coach Rebecca Tyler used a timeout to settle her team down a bit, and it worked perfectly as Bryn Mawr executed a great play and got a layup for Sydney Garner after a great pass from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson. Later, Erica Dwyer would use her great body control to weave into the paint and draw a foul, converting her two free throws to make it a 16-8 game.
Unfortunately, a 17-point run from Gettysburg into the second quarter set Bryn Mawr back quite a bit. Another Owls timeout seemed to help, as it led to a great dribble drive from Oranekwu that earned her a bucket and a foul for an old-fashioned three point play. Then, midway through the quarter, Bryn Mawr would go on a nice little run of their own, getting back-to-back baskets from Dwyer, Elizabeth-Robertson, and Oranekwu. Oranekwu and Kara Breeden would each hit free throws later in the period, and then Dwyer nailed a three-ball on a great assist from Oranekwu to get Bryn Mawr to 22 points. Elizabeth Chan got in on the action a bit later, hitting a jumper from the left baseline to get the hosts up to 24. However, one final three-pointer from the Bullets bumped them over the 50-point mark and gave the visitors a big advantage heading into the break.
Bryn Mawr started the third quarter off on another great run, with Martin opening the Owls scoring with two free throws after a nice post move. She and Oranekwu continued to stay hot throughout the frame, with the duo scoring all 10 of Bryn Mawr's points in the third quarter. That would carry over into the fourth quarter as well, with Martin hitting two layups and a free throw for the Owls' first five points of the frame. Later, Adriana Castilla-Hernandez hit a jumper to get Bryn Mawr on 41, but it was simply too little, too late to affect the outcome, as Gettysburg cruised away with the 90-41 victory.
The Owls will now get a chance to rest up, recover, and enjoy the holiday season for a few weeks. With classes done until January, Bryn Mawr will not return to action until the new year. The Owls will hit the road for their first two games of the calendar year, but will return to action at home on Tuesday, January 10th when they welcome Centennial Conference frontrunners Dickinson at 7:00 PM.