WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was right back in action earlier Saturday afternoon at McDaniel. After playing their first contest of 2017 just a couple days ago, the Owls turned right back around and faced off against a strong Green Terror squad on the road. Despite one of their best defensive performances of the season, Bryn Mawr just couldn't find enough traction on the offensive end, as the Owls ultimately lost a low-scoring 57-31 decision on the road. Freshman forward Halena Martin led all scorers in the game with 13 points for the Owls. McDaniel got double-digit scoring from Halle Burgess and Jasmine Smith in their victorious effort.
McDaniel jumped out front early on in this one with a three-ball from Burgess just 17 seconds into the game. In fact, the Green Terror would go on a 9-0 run in the opening five minutes of play. Bryn Mawr finally got on the board thanks to a jumper from Martin, and then a layup from Odinaka Oranekwu cut the deficit even further. Later, a layup from Kara Breeden in the closing seconds of the quarter helped Bryn Mawr stay within six as the period closed.
The offensive woes would continue for the Owls into the second and third quarters as well. The Green Terror started the second quarter in a similar fashion to the first, as a 10-0 run put the hosts up 22-6 with just over six minutes to play in the first half. This time it was Elizabeth Chan who snapped the run for the Owls, using a strong move to the basket to earn a layup plus a foul, and she converted the free throw to get the Owls to nine points. Martin would score the only other basket of the quarter for the Owls midway through, and ultimately McDaniel would take a 26-11 lead to the locker room at halftime. Bryn Mawr got off to a better start in the third quarter, with buckets from Martin and Breeden in the opening minutes. However, McDaniel would hold the Owls to single-digit scoring in that frame as well, stretching their lead out to 38-17.
The fourth quarter went much better for the Owls, starting with a made jumper from Erica Dwyer. Adriana Castilla-Hernandez hit a layup on a nice drive, and then later Sydney Garner got in on the scoring with a pair of free throws. The highlight of the frame may have been a sweet and-one layup from Martin that earned the Owls three more points. Martin and Garner would each hit one more basket to close out the scoring for the Owls.
Defensively, Bryn Mawr once again held an opponent to a poor shooting percentage, as McDaniel shot just 31% from the floor. The Owls also forced seven turnovers and posted two blocks. Unfortunately, Bryn Mawr coughed up possession 27 times themselves, leading to 21 points off turnovers for the Green Terror. The Owls also failed to make a three-point basket in today's contest, going 0-for-10 from beyond the arc. That marks the first time that has happened for Bryn Mawr since February 6th of last season against Franklin & Marshall.
Bryn Mawr will look to bounce back next week when they get back in action for another grueling week of Centennial Conference contests. It will be a busy week for the Owls, starting with a home game on Tuesday against Dickinson. The Red Devils currently sit at the top of the Centennial Conference, but they themselves lost an overtime contest earlier Saturday against Haverford. Tuesday's contest is slated to tip off at 7:00 PM on the Bryn Mawr campus.