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Owls' Record Night Gives Bryn Mawr Big Win

Meagan Murray-Bruce shoots a free throw at home against Gettysburg Dec 2019

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team cracked open the record book and made some new entries thanks to their dominating 79-16 win over Trinity Washington University earlier Wednesday night. The 79 points is the second-most the Owls have scored in a game in recorded program history, and the team made a program record 37 baskets in the contest. The Bryn Mawr post players were particularly impressive in the victory, as Meagan Murray-Bruce led the way with a career-high 23 points and Sydney Collins added a career-high 20. Trinity Washington was led by Mazia Donald, who tallied 12 points in the contest.

The two teams both got off to a bit of a sluggish start in the opening minutes, but it was the Owls who broke out and took a stranglehold of the game in the first quarter. Odinaka Oranekwu got the scoring started with a lone free throw, and then Halena Martin corralled the miss on the next attempt and stuck the putback to give Bryn Mawr an early need. The Owls would never look back after that, going on a 32-0 run that stretched into the middle of the second quarter to take control of the contest. Lipi Paladugu, Murray-Bruce, Collins, and May Hanlon all got on the board for Bryn Mawr in that run. Collins in particular put together an impressive run. The first-year forward scored a layup to make it an 11-0 lead for Bryn Mawr. Then, after another bucket from Martin, Collins scored the next four baskets for the Owls. She would cap off the first quarter with one more layup with 30 seconds to go, giving her 12 points in the first quarter alone.

Murray-Bruce also started to flex her muscle in the second quarter. After a basket in the first, the senior center opened her scoring in the second quarter with a free throw, then went on to score the next two baskets for the Owls as well. Trinity finally got on the board with a three from Donald at the 6:23 mark of the quarter, but the Owls even had a perfect response to that as Brendan Harrison knocked down a deep three of her own on the ensuing possession. That sparked another mini-run for the Owls that ended with another layup for Collins and gave the hosts a 43-3 advantage just before halftime. Trinity closed the quarter with two baskets in the final minute-and-a-half, but the damage had already been done by the Owls.

Bryn Mawr just kept rolling as action got back underway in the second half. Murray-Bruce made back-to-back baskets to open the third quarter, and after a jumper from Lipi Paladugu, the senior center smoothly put home two more layups. Later, Emma Garner got in on the action with a jumper from the wing, and then Murray-Bruce closed out the scoring in the frame with another layup on a feed from Hanlon. In the fourth quarter, Murray-Bruce once again got the scoring going with a jumper on an assist from Collins. That duo would go on to score the first five baskets of the frame. May Hanlon would go on a nice run of her own later in the quarter, scoring three straight baskets, and then Garner iced out the game with one more jumper in the final minute of play.

Not only did the 37 made field goals set a new program record for the Owls, but the team also tied a program record with 21 assists in tonight's game as well. Bryn Mawr also posted their second-most steals (18) and third-highest field goal percentage (49.3%) in a single game as well. Murray-Bruce's 11-for-15 performance was the third-best single game field goal percentage performance in program history, and her 11 made baskets was also the third-most in a single game for Bryn Mawr. Collins' night was almost as impressive; the first-year tied the fourth-best field goal percentage in a single game in Owls' history.

Bryn Mawr will look to make it two wins in a row when they get back into Centennial Conference action this weekend. The Owls will face off against McDaniel on Saturday at home, with gametime slated for 1:00 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.