WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team put together a strong 40-minute performance earlier Saturday afternoon at Penn College of Technology. The Owls took a lead into the third quarter and were right in the game late, thanks to an 18-point performance from Halena Martin. However, Penn College used a 19-point third quarter to pull away to a lead and survive a late charge from Bryn Mawr to ultimately claim a 60-53 win on the day. Lipi Paladugu added another 11 points for the Owls, while Penn College was led by 12 points off the bench by Ja'Quela Dyer.
Paladugu got the Owls out to a fast start with a jumper less than a minute into the game. Penn College answered right back, and with that, the two teams began a furious first quarter that saw the sides combine to score 37 points. Penn College took a 5-2 lead, but two more buckets from Paladugu and a layup from Meagan Murray-Bruce helped the Owls regain an 8-7 advantage. A jumper from Brendan Harrison gave Bryn Mawr their largest lead of the contest at 14-11. Then, Harrison knocked down two free throws, and a layup from Sydney Collins bumped that advantage all the way out to 18-12 with just over two minutes to go in the quarter. However, Penn College used that final 2:13 of play wisely, going on a seven-point run to close the frame and take a 19-18 lead.
Bryn Mawr regained the lead straightaway in the second quarter thanks to a layup from Halena Martin. Martin would make another basket after that, and then Sydney Collins scored four straight points to give the visitors a 26-19 lead. The back-and-forth affair continued throughout the quarter with the Wildcats climbing back within two, but one more bucket from Martin with just over a minute left gave the Owls a 32-28 lead headed into the locker room at the half.
The Owls had hit nearly half of their shot attempts in the first half, but in the third quarter, things went ice cold for Bryn Mawr. Penn College hit two quick baskets to tie the game back up, but Paladugu drained another jumper to momentarily give Bryn Mawr the lead back. From there, the Wildcats went on a 13-1 run to jump out to the first double-digit lead of the game at 45-35. Martin and Harrison hit back-to-back baskets to cut into the deficit, but by the end of the quarter, Penn College had held the Owls to just 3-for-16 from the floor and held a 47-39 lead.
Bryn Mawr got right to work building a rally in the fourth quarter, starting with a layup from May Hanlon. Later, Martin made three straight baskets for the Owls in a stretch where Bryn Mawr held Penn College scoreless for 7:11. A single free throw from Odinaka Oranekwu capped off that run and brought Bryn Mawr back within three points at 48-51. The Owls just couldn't find that one last stop they needed to tie the game back up, and Penn College hit just enough of their free throws to stay a step ahead of the Bryn Mawr comeback. The hosts extended their lead to 55-48 thanks to a few free throws. Lipi Paladugu and Odinaka Oranekwu hit a few free throws of their own late in the contest, but ultimately the Wildcats held on to claim the 60-53 win.
The Owls will now get a bit of a break for the holidays before getting back in action in January. Bryn Mawr's first game after the break will take place on January 4th at Dickinson, with gametime set for 2:00 PM in Carlisle.