BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Owls forward Halena Martin crossed a historic threshold earlier Saturday afternoon, as the senior tallied her 1,000th career point. The special moment came in the fourth quarter of Bryn Mawr's contest against Gettysburg, a tough loss for the Owls but a game that saw a ton of positives for the home team. Not only did Martin crest 1,000 points, but Bryn Mawr had one of their strongest offensive performances of the season. The Owls posted their best shooting performance from distance of this young campaign, and Bryn Mawr was able to limit themselves to their fewest turnovers in a game all season. Brendan Harrison led the way with nine points on the day, while a 17-point performance from Olivia Matto helped lead the Bullets to an 85-44 win on the afternoon.
Starting the day just eight points from her milestone, Martin got today's contest off to a perfect start by knocking down a jumper from just inside the arc to kick things off. From there, though, Gettysburg ran off 15 straight points, capped off by a deep three from Christina Richson. Harrison answered that with a three-ball of her own to settle things down for Bryn Mawr, and she then canned another three from the opposite wing later in the quarter. Sydney Collins got on the board on the next possession thanks to a fantastic feed by Emma Garner, and that got the Owls to ten. Gettysburg closed out the first quarter with a lone free throw, but at the end of the frame, Bryn Mawr was still within striking range.
The second quarter proved to be where Gettysburg did much of their damage on the day. The visitors opened the frame with a deep three and pulled out to a 31-12 lead midway though the quarter. After a nice driving layup from Odinaka Oranekwu, Gettysburg put together another strong run, ultimately taking a 49-16 lead at the half.
Bryn Mawr put together a very impressive third quarter to rebound on the offensive side. The Owls shot nearly 50% from the floor in the third frame, including going 3-for-5 from deep. After going scoreless in the second quarter, Martin got her drive for 1,000 restarted in the third frame with a jumper just two minutes into the quarter. Later on, Martin knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the arc. Harrison knocked down her third triple of the game a little later, and then Alanna Mora-Mickens got in on the action too by banking home a three at the buzzer. By the time the horn sounded to end the frame, Bryn Mawr had matched Gettysburg point-for-point in an impressive third frame.
With the fourth quarter now underway, Martin was just one point away from the millennial milestone. The Owls did an exceptional job of drawing up plays to get the ball in Martin's hands, but the Gettysburg defense continued to clamp down on the senior and stay in front. A few jumpers looked good initially, but ultimately rimmed out, and midway through the quarter Martin was still seeking the elusive final point. Finally, she found an opening on the right wing, blowing by a defender with a chance to go up for a layup. A Gettysburg player ultimately fouled Martin on the attempt, sending her to the free throw line. Martin cooly stepped to the line and drained the first free throw, sending the Bryn Mawr bench and the entire crowd into a frenzy. Martin ultimately missed the second, but the Owls were able to grab the rebound and get a timeout a few seconds later to fully celebrate the dramatic moment.
In the end, that would be the final action of the day for Martin, as she closed the game sitting at exactly 1,000 points to this point in her career. Gettysburg ultimately pulled away, outscoring Bryn Mawr 16-8 in the final frame to take the 85-44 win.
Martin becomes the seventh player to reach the 1,000 point mark in recorded Bryn Mawr basketball history.
Today's contest closes the door on Centennial Conference play for the Owls in the 2019 calendar year. The Owls will be back in action next week with two non-conference games on the slate. Bryn Mawr will close out their current homestand on Wednesday with a matchup against Penn State Brandywine before traveling to Penn College next Saturday.