BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls basketball team gave McDaniel all they could handle in a Friday night showdown between two Centennial Conference squads seeking a big league win. Bryn Mawr held a lead deep into the second quarter and was close throughout a good portion of the second half before McDaniel was finally able to pull away to a 56-35 win on the night. Halena Martin led the way with nine points in the game, while three other Owls added six points apiece. McDaniel used a 12-point effort from Mallory Conroy to ultimately come away with the important win.
The visitors took a quick lead with the first basket of the night, the Bryn Mawr was all over the Green Terror right from the start. Martin got the hosts on the board with a jumper in the paint on a nice feed from Odinaka Oranekwu. Then, the Owls got their first lead of the night after a defensive stop and score from Meagan Murray-Bruce. McDaniel answered back with two buckets of their own, but another basket from Murray-Bruce tied the game at 6-6. After the two sides traded points over the next several minutes, Bryn Mawr put together a mini-run to claim their biggest lead of the game. A jumper from Collins gave Bryn Mawr a 10-9 lead, and then a minute later Laya Paladugu drained a baseline jumper to make it a 12-9 Owls advantage. McDaniel was able to find an answer of their own in the final minutes of the quarter, using two baskets of their own to take a 13-12 lead into the break.
The second quarter started out with more of the same seesaw action, as Bryn Mawr immediately retook the lead on a jumper from Martin only to see McDaniel answer right back on the next possession. Another layup from Murray-Bruce handed Bryn Mawr a 16-15 lead, and that advantage would last over the next scoreless 3:44 of play. McDaniel climbed back ahead with three free throws to break that stretch, but two made free throws from Lipi Paladugu tied things right back up at 18-18 with 3:31 to play in the half. In the first 16:29 of action, the game featured six ties and nine lead changes, with neither side able to pull ahead by more than three points either way.
Unfortunately for the Owls, the second quarter would end in a 9-0 run for McDaniel, and that stretch only foretold of what was to come in the second half. The Green Terror made it a double-digit advantage with the first basket of the third quarter. The Owls tried to answer, with a pair of baskets from Martin keeping the hosts within striking distance in the third. Later on, Collins and Garner both converted nice layups to get Bryn Mawr within 37-26. However, with McDaniel's first basket of the fourth quarter, the visitors took a 20-point lead, and from there they were able to coast away to the win.
The Owls outshot McDaniel by a wide margin on the night (35.9% to 28.6%), but it was offensive rebounds and turnovers that proved costly for Bryn Mawr. McDaniel pulled down a painful 26 offensive rebounds on the night, leading to 15 second chance points for the visitors. The turnovers had an even more drastic effect on the game, as McDaniel came into the game as one of the leading steals teams in the country and they proved that on the night. The Green Terror forced the Owls into 31 turnovers in total, leading to 25 points for the Green Terror.
Bryn Mawr will look to rebound from tonight's tough loss when they return to action next week against Washington College. The Owls will close out their current homestand on Wednesday night against the Shorewomen, with gametime set for 7:00 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.