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Owls Cap Off Season With Great Performance Against Johns Hopkins

Owls Cap Off Season With Great Performance Against Johns Hopkins

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team closed out their 2016-17 campaign earlier Saturday afternoon with one last home game of the season. The Owls hosted Johns Hopkins, and they also celebrated the career of lone senior Adriana Castilla-Hernandez in style on this Senior Day. After arguably one of the strongest starts to a game that Bryn Mawr has put together all season, the Blue Jays were able to battle back in the middle of the game, and ultimately the visitors claimed an 89-50 win on the day. Castilla-Hernandez had a very solid day in her final performance as an Owl, notching four points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Erica Dwyer led the way for Bryn Mawr with 18 points off the bench, with Halena Martin adding another 11. Caroline Corcoran led all scorers in the game for Johns Hopkins with 27 points, while Madison McGrath added another 19.

It was the visitors who scored the first points in the game thanks to a three-pointer from Marissa Varnado. However, Bryn Mawr answered right back, as two offensive rebounds from Odinaka Oranekwu in one possession led to a wide open jumper from Elizabeth Chan. Varnado answered back for Johns Hopkins with a jumper, but then it was Castilla-Hernandez who hit a jumper of her own from the top of the key to keep the Owls close. The Blue Jays put together a nice run over the next several minutes, ultimately stretching their lead out to 11-4. However, Bryn Mawr responded in kind over the remainder of the first quarter. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson got the action started with a layup on the break after a steal from Martin. That forced a timeout from the Blue Jays, who despite their lead, were clearly flummoxed by Bryn Mawr's work rate and effort over the opening five minutes of the game.

That timeout did little to quell the Owls rally, as they were able to force three consecutive empty possessions by the Blue Jays. Halena Martin would then go on a nice roll, hitting a jumper and then a deep three-pointer on back-to-back possessions to tie things back up at 11-11. Then, Martin hit yet another jumper, giving Bryn Mawr a 13-11 lead and sending the stands into a huge roar. Johns Hopkins managed to battle through the noisy crowd, putting together a 6-0 run of their own to retake the lead. However, after one quarter the Owls trailed by four, their closest margin at that point in a game since playing Franklin & Marshall back in early January.

Unfortunately for the Owls, as has seemed to be the case most of the season, their opponent suddenly caught fire. In the second quarter, it almost seemed as if Johns Hopkins couldn't miss - and that's probably because they almost never did. The Blue Jays shot an absurd 14-17 from the floor in the frame, missing just three of their shot attempts en route to an 82.4 shooting percentage in the quarter. That included going 4-5 from beyond the arc, and it totaled up to 35 points in the quarter. Bryn Mawr tried to keep it close and maintain contact, but it was an impossible task. Dwyer hit three shots in the quarter including two threes, and Martin added another bucket, but when the horn mercifully sounded to send the teams to halftime, Johns Hopkins had built up a 52-23 lead.

Bryn Mawr put together another great frame in the third quarter, doing a great job to reset their minds and get back on the attack. Castilla-Hernandez hit the Owls' first shot out of the break, another smooth jumper at the top of the key. Martin also hit a jumper, and then Bryn Mawr started to earn trips to the free throw line. Elizabeth-Robertson, Oranekwu, Ginneh Dickenson, and Chan all hit free throws. Then, after a steal by Castilla-Hernandez, Sydney Garner took the senior's pass and hit a layup on the breakaway. Dwyer would close out the frame with another three-ball for the Owls. In the fourth, Dwyer knocked down two more threes, and Kara Breeden got in on the scoring with a free throw. However, Johns Hopkins never slowed down their own scoring, as the visitors would shoot over 50% from the floor in the game en route to the 89-50 victory.

Castilla-Hernandez ends her career with an impressive stat line. The senior totaled 212 points, 335 rebounds, 113 assists, 86 steals, and five blocks in her career. Castilla-Hernandez played 2,017 minutes in her career, almost enough to crack into the top 10 in Owls history.

Bryn Mawr closes the door on a season that was certainly much more impressive than their 2-23 record looks. The Owls were back in action in the Centennial Conference for the first time in a few years and gave almost every team in the league a tough run in those contests. The Owls also showcased a bright future, as they lose just one senior while returning 11 sophomores and freshman from this season's squad. They'll also have talented junior Kara Breeden coming back with her veteran presence as well.