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Owls' Solid Day on the Boards Not Enough to Topple McDaniel

Owls' Solid Day on the Boards Not Enough to Topple McDaniel

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team finally returned to action in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium Saturday after a long stretch of road contests. The Owls were in search of a win over McDaniel, looking for some payback after the Green Terror handed Bryn Mawr a loss at their place earlier in January. Despite a roaring start from Bryn Mawr early on, McDaniel controlled the first half and managed to hang on in the second to come away with a 73-48 win. Halena Martin led all scorers in the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. McDaniel featured a huge bench that saw all but three players score. The visitors were led by Alyssa March and Melanie Yeomans, who tallied 12 points apiece.

The Owls got today's contest off to a great start with a strong opening five minutes of play. After McDaniel hit their first shot of the game, Bryn Mawr came down the other way and tied things right back up with a jumper from Martin. After both sides traded empty possessions, the Owls jumped ahead on another crisp jump shot from the powerful forward. McDaniel would tie things back up, but Martin stayed hot with her third basket of the game at the 6:17 mark to put Bryn Mawr ahead once more. The pattern repeated a minute later, as this time it was Elizabeth Chan elevating the Owls back into the lead at 8-6 with 4:44 to play in the first quarter. Unfortunately, as has been the trend for Bryn Mawr this year, the offense began to sputter from that point on, and McDaniel really seized that opportunity. The visitors would go on a 15-4 run to close out the quarter. Baskets from Martin and Ginneh Dickenson were not able to slow the McDaniel roll, as they hit three three-balls in that stretch to open up a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Despite the rough ending to the first frame, it was still early and there was still plenty of time for Bryn Mawr to chip away at that deficit. McDaniel hit the first basket of the second quarter, but the Owls answered right back on a nice layup down low from Sydney Garner. However, the second frame was all about the Green Terror, as they outscored Bryn Mawr 22-8 in the quarter. The visitors capitalized on eight Owls turnovers and used eight offensive rebounds to get a whole bunch of extra opportunities to score. Meanwhile, Bryn Mawr shot just two-of-twelve from the floor in the frame. Even a deep three-pointer from Erica Dwyer couldn't dent the deficit, and ultimately McDaniel carried a 43-20 advantage into the locker room at the half.

The second half turned into a whole different story for the Owls. Better cutting and movement opened up some great looks at the basket, passing was crisper, and Bryn Mawr did a much better job hanging onto the ball and rebounding. McDaniel got off to a fast start in the third quarter, but Bryn Mawr responded well after a timeout from head coach Rebecca Tyler. Kara Breeden earned a trip to the free throw line and split a pair, and then Chan got back on the board with a layup. A little later, Martin would hit three baskets in the span of 70 seconds, getting Bryn Mawr over 30. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson would close out the half for the Owls with a nice jumper just before the horn sounded in a quarter where the Owls matched the scoring of McDaniel shot for shot.

The positive momentum continued for the Owls in the fourth, as Martin stayed hot with another layup inside. After a steal by Elizabeth-Robertson, Ginneh Dickenson got on the board again with a smooth jump shot from the wing. A little later, Dwyer would hit her second three of the contest, and Dickenson sandwiched two made jumpers around a final basket from Martin. Both those two had impressive days, as Dickenson posted a career-high eight points in the contest. Meanwhile, Martin had the sixth-most efficient shooting day in Bryn Mawr basketball history, hitting 9-of-15 for a .600 shooting percentage on the afternoon.

The Owls will now get right back on the road for a three-game stretch. They'll kick off the trip with one last non-conference contest on Monday night, as Bryn Mawr travels up to Allentown to take on Cedar Crest at 7:00 PM. The Owls will then travel to Dickenson next Saturday to face off against the Red Devils at 2:00 PM in Carlisle.