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Strong First Half Not Enough for Owls to Topple Rosemont

Strong First Half Not Enough for Owls to Topple Rosemont

ROSEMONT, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team took on crosstown opponents Rosemont earlier Satuday afternoon in a rare midseason non-conference tilt. Despite a very strong first half of play that saw the Owls just two points back of the Ravens, the hosts ultimately pulled away to a 75-52 victory in the end. Halena Martin led all scorers with 21 points in the game, while Erica Dwyer chipped in another nine points for the Owls. Rosemont got 18 points apiece from Shirle Brown and Ke'aloh Naone-Carter.

Both teams started out today's contest on fire early. Rosemont took the first lead in this one with a layup twenty seconds into play, but the Owls tied things right back up with their first basket thanks to Martin in the paint. That pattern continued on the teams' next possessions. After the Ravens retook the lead with a three-pointer, Martin pulled the Owls back within one with a nice midrange jumper. A pair of Rosemont free throws gave the hosts a three-point lead once again, but Sydney Garner trimmed the Owls deficit once more. Bryn Mawr finally climbed on top in the game after a strong defensive stop. Erica Dwyer pulled down a defensive rebound and started a rush down the court, ultimately finding Elizabeth Chan open for a jumper that put Bryn Mawr ahead 8-7. Later a layup from Martin made it 10-9 in favor of the Owls. The sophomore forward would keep her hot start rolling just a minute later with yet another basket, and then Dwyer got in on the action with a free throw after getting fouled on a drive inside. With just over a minute remaining in the quarter, Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson found Martin inside with a great post feed, and Martin scored her eleventh point of the frame on a layup. However, Rosemont closed out the quarter with back-to-back threes, stretching out their lead to 24-16.

Despite the rough ending to the first period, Bryn Mawr was fully in charge of the second. Martin picked up where she left off, hitting yet another jumper just thirteen seconds into the quarter. Chan would hit a pair of free throws a minute later, and then Adriana Castilla-Hernandez grabbed a defensive board, drove the other way, and nailed a deep three-ball. That got the Owls back within three at 23-26. Rosemont managed to stretch their lead back out, but a free throw from Martin followed up by a three from Erica Dwyer made it a three-point margin once again. Rosemont hit a three of their own to jump back ahead by six, but layups from Dwyer and Chan cut the margin to just two points at the break for Bryn Mawr.

Bryn Mawr had controlled the game in the first half, outshooting and outrebounding the Ravens in the frame. The Owls shot 45% from the floor in the half, which would be by far a season high if extended over a full game. Bryn Mawr also outrebounded their foes by five, and they assisted on ten baskets in the half. That first-half total would already be a single-game high since December 10th, and the Owls still had a whole half to go.

Rosemont would open the third quarter with a pair of baskets, but Martin would hit a free throw and then a jumper to keep the Owls in close range to the Ravens. Midway through the frame, the Owls put together a solid 6-2 run with free throws from Dwyer and layups from Castilla-Hernandez and Martin, and that got Bryn Mawr all the way back within two at 46-44. Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Owls could get things. Rosemont started to pull away late in the frame, and despite a layup from Sydney Garner, the hosts scored five points in the final thirty seconds to vault out to a 56-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Bryn Mawr did their best to try and put a charge together to get back in the game in the final frame, but it simply wasn't to be. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson scored Bryn Mawr's first points of the quarter with a layup a minute into the frame. However, Rosemont opened the quarter on a 19-2 run, bloating their lead out to 75-48 with just 2:28 to go. Ginneh Dickenson and Erica Dwyer hit a free throw each, and then Kaia Valentine got on the board with a jumper, but that was all the Owls would get, as Rosemont clinched a 75-52 victory on the day.

The Owls posted their most rebounds and assists in a game since their November 19th victory against Wilson. The Owls also scored 26 points in the paint and seven second-chance points. Martin's 21 points scored were a career-high for the Bryn Mawr freshman, and it was also the second game in three that the dominant post player has hit the 20s.

Bryn Mawr will be back in action early next week with a road trip to Haverford. The Owls will travel to their crosstown rivals Tuesday night at 7:00 PM looking to pick up a big W.