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Late Charge Not Enough To Get Owls Past Dickinson

Halena Martin dribbles against Swarthmore in December 2018

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls basketball team took on Dickinson College earlier Wednesday night in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium, and Bryn Mawr certainly put up a solid fight through all four quarters. Despite falling behind big early, Bryn Mawr kept their composure and battled the entire way, ultimately putting up a dominating performance in the final period. However, that wasn't enough to make up their deficit, as Dickinson hung on for a 70-43 win on the night. Halena Martin led the Owls with her fourth double-double of the season, a 14-point, 10-rebound night. Dickinson's Kate Deutsch was the player of the game in this one though, as the Red Devils forward put up 24 points on a fantastic 10-for-11 shooting night.

The Red Devils got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead thanks in part to two baskets from Deutsch. Bryn Mawr answered that opening salvo with a mini-run of their own, with Martin getting the Owls on the board off an assist from Elizabeth Chan before Sydney Garner turned a fierce offensive rebound into two more points. The two teams traded baskets over the next several minutes, but then Dickinson closed out the quarter on another 7-0 run to take an 18-8 lead into the second period.

That frame started in an even worse fashion for the Owls, as the Red Devils ran off 13 straight points to open the second quarter. A free throw from Laya Paladugu put an end to that run, and though she missed the second, Martin ripped down an offensive rebound and stuck the putback to give Bryn Mawr a momentum play of their own. The rally continued, as Harrison made a great defensive play to force a Dickinson turnover, and that led to a layup for Lipi Paladugu. Later, Paladugu knocked down a pair of free throws after a hard drive to the hoop, and that got Bryn Mawr's run to seven. However, those would be the only points the Owls would score in the frame, as Dickinson shut Bryn Mawr down the rest of the way. Ultimately, the visitors took a 44-15 advantage to the locker room at the half.

The Owls put on a much more positive showing over the final two frames, opening with a solid start to the third quarter. Harrison knocked down a jumper, and then Chan earned an and-one opportunity that she converted after a strong drive inside. A pair of free throws from Garner got the deficit back down to 30, but Dickinson briefly ramped things back up again. The Owls did close the quarter on a solid note, however, as Odinaka Oranewku got on the scoresheet with a jumper off of a feed from Lipi Paladugu. The positive momentum continued building in the final frame, a period in which Bryn Mawr outscored the visitors 17-9. Chan was the first Owls player to tally points in the fourth quarter, knocking down a pair of free throws after another strong offensive rebound down low. The free throws kept coming, as Laya Paladugu hit one of her own, and then Chan converted yet another and-one opportunity with another fearless drive to the basket. Then it was Halena Martin's turn to get in on the action, as the junior forward got a hoop-and-a-harm of her own for another old-fashioned three-point play. Martin would later convert another layup, and then Oranekwu knocked down two free throws of her own. She followed that up with a layup on an ensuing possession, and then Martin put home a putback to get Bryn Mawr to their final total of 43. Overall, it was an impressive second-half performance by the Owls, who outscored Dickinson by two over the final two quarters. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit, as the Red Devils managed to hang on for a 70-43 win.

Bryn Mawr will get a well-deserved bye this weekend, as the Owls don't return to action until Tuesday night. Then, Bryn Mawr will start another three-game week, tipping off on Tuesday with a road trip to Ursinus.