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Bryn Mawr Starts Fast at Johns Hopkins, but Suffers Tough Loss

Odinaka Oranekwu takes on Haverford in the fall of 2018

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball squad kicked off a busy week earlier Tuesday evening with a road trip to Johns Hopkins. The Owls gave the hosts everything they could handle in the opening quarter of tonight's contest, roaring back from an opening deficit to get within five of the 10-2 Blue Jays by the end of the frame. However, the middle of the game proved unkind to Bryn Mawr, as Johns Hopkins was able to buckle down defensively, and ultimately the Blue Jays claimed a 64-37 win on the night. Halena Martin once again led the Owls in scoring, this time putting up 12 points. She was joined in the double-digits by Laya Paladugu, who added another ten. Johns Hopkins got a big contribution out of Lillian Scott, who led all scorers in the contest with 17 points.

The Blue Jays got off to a fast start in tonight's affair, running out to a 7-0 lead in the opening two minutes. A jumper from Martin on a nice feed by Elizabeth Chan broke the seal for the Owls, but a layup and then a lone free throw helped the hosts bump their lead all the way up to eight. After Paladugu hit a layup for the Owls, Johns Hopkins once again extended their lead thanks to a deep three, but then Bryn Mawr began to chip away at the deficit. Paladugu got things started by grabbing a board off of her own miss and putting it back up for a layup to make it 6-13. After a Hopkins bucket, Martin earned a trip to the free throw line and promptly converted the pair, and then a defensive stop led to another basket for Martin on the other end to bring the Owls within five. Then Brendan Harrison got in on the action, using a strong drive to the hoop to earn a trip to the free throw line of her own. The junior guard knocked down both free throws, and after a rough start, Bryn Mawr trailed by just three points. Hopkins ended the Owls' run with a layup, but Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson answered for the Owls. Once again the hosts got a layup, but Bryn Mawr responded with a basket inside from Sydney Garner. Then, with under a minute to go, the Owls got a stop and took possession with a chance to get within one or tie the game at the end of the quarter. However, it ended up being a tough swing for the Owls, as a turnover with five seconds left in the frame gave Hopkins the ball and Scott put home a layup as the horn sounded. Still, Bryn Mawr had managed to get all the way back within five by the end of the quarter after a tough start against one of the top teams in the conference.

The Owls hoped the momentum from that comeback would carry on into the rest of the contest, but unfortunately, that would not be the case. Bryn Mawr started the second quarter strong, matching Hopkins basket-for-basket in the opening five minutes of the frame. However, the Blue Jays closed the quarter out on a 9-2 run, doubling up on Bryn Mawr in the frame and taking a 35-23 lead to the halftime break. The third quarter was not much better for the Owls, as Johns Hopkins outscored Bryn Mawr 20-5 in the frame to take a commanding lead by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. The Owls did do a solid job of battling back in the final frame, starting with another jumper from Martin. Paladugu hit another layup, and then Garner split a pair of free throws to continue the scoring for Bryn Mawr. Martin and Odinaka Oranekwu each hit shots before the final horn sounded, and thanks to a solid defensive effort, Bryn Mawr had matched Johns Hopkins point-for-point in the final period. However, that wasn't enough to make up for the tough sledding in the middle quarters, as Hopkins was able to hang on for their 64-37 win.

Bryn Mawr will not get much time to recover from this one, as their busy week continues with a game on Thursday night. The Owls will play their first home contest of 2019 on Thursday, as they welcome Franklin & Marshall to campus, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM in that one.