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Owls Put Up Third-Most Points of Season in Tough Loss at Swarthmore

Odinaka Oranekwu dribbles at Washington College December 2019

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Owls basketball team exploded for 45 points earlier Saturday afternoon at Swarthmore, tallying their third-highest total of the season. Unfortunately, that wasn't quite enough to get past the Garnet, who broke out for a season-high 97 points themselves on the day. Halena Martin recorded her second-most points in a game today with a 16-point effort, while Swarthmore got a game-high 21 points from Dana Bandurick in the win.

The Owls spotted Swarthmore ten points in the opening minutes of action, but Bryn Mawr stayed neck-and-neck with the Garnet throughout most of the rest of the quarter. Martin got the team on the board with a lone free throw, and then she backed that up with Bryn Mawr's first bucket of the game. Lipi Paladugu, Emma Garner, and Sydney Collins each hit baskets after that before Garner knocked down a second layup to get the Owls into double-digits. Martin and Megan Murray-Bruce converted two more baskets in the last couple minutes of the quarter to help Bryn Mawr trail Swarthmore by just 12 after the slow start early.

The second quarter was an even better performance on both sides for the Owls, as Bryn Mawr scored a game-high 17 points in the frame while holding Swarthmore to a worse output than the first. May Hanlon got things started on the right foot for the Owls with a deep three to trim the deficit back into single digits. Martin would knock down another jumper next before Odinaka Oranekwu got in on the scoring with a layup and free throw of her own. After a brief Swarthmore run, Garner got the Owls back on the board with her third basket of the game. Bryn Mawr closed out the quarter the same way they started it, as Halena Martin buried a deep three ball to send the Owls into the halftime break down 52-31.

Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the second half was a different story offensively. Swarthmore made some halftime adjustments that worked to perfection, as the hosts held the Owls to just 13 total points in the second half. A pair of free throws from Lipi Paladugu and another basket from Martin were the lone points of the third quarter for Bryn Mawr, as the Garnet held the Owls to just 1-for-13 from the floor in the frame. The fourth quarter was slightly better, but Swarthmore held the Owls scoreless in the first five minutes of the frame. Sydney Collins finally broke that stretch with a layup on a nice assist by Hanlon. Ella Kotsen got on the board with a layup a little later, and then Hanlon closed out the game with five points including another three-pointer. Ultimately, the Garnet had continued their strong offensive play throughout the entire game, scoring over 20 points in every quarter to come away with the 97-45 win on the day.

The Owls will be back in action next week at home, as they will play their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday night. Bryn Mawr will welcome Trinity Washington University to campus next week, with gametime on Wednesday slated for 7:00 PM.