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Owls Lead Early Against Fords in CC Battle

Laya Paladugu defends against Haverford February 2020

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls basketball team took on Bi-Co adversary Haverford earlier Tuesday night at home in a tough Centennial Conference matchup. For a while early in the game, Bryn Mawr gave Haverford some trouble, but the Fords, who sit in second position in the Centennial Conference standings, finally got their offense rolling and ultimately pulled away to a 62-24 win on the night. The Owls were led by a strong nine-point performance from Meagan Murray-Bruce, who also added 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks on the night. Haverford got a game-high 15 points from the Centennial Conference's leading scorer, Anna-Sophia Capizzi, while Raina Gully added another nine off the bench for the Fords.

Bryn Mawr got off to a good start in the opening quarter thanks to some solid defending out of the gate. The Owls held Haverford scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, allowing the hosts to take the first lead of the night on a jumper by Halena Martin. Then, Murray-Bruce extended the advantage with a nice post move for a layup. Haverford tied things back up at four with two straight baskets, but a jumper from Laya Paladugu gave Bryn Mawr the lead back at the 3:21 mark. Over that stretch, Bryn Mawr's scrappy defense held the Fords to just two-for-eight from the floor and forced three Haverford turnovers.

However, the visitors would find a way to turn that around over the remainder of the half. The Fords made three more baskets and a free throw to take an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, then continued the run throughout the second frame. Haverford held Bryn Mawr scoreless in the second quarter, taking a 29-6 lead at halftime. Then, the Fords scored the first ten points of the third frame as well. Overall, Haverford had put together a 35-0 scoring run which spanned a 21:10 stretch of gametime. By the time May Hanlon knocked down a three from the right corner to break the run, the Fords held a 39-9 advantage.

The Owls did a good job of shaking off that adversity over the remaining minutes though. Murray-Bruce knocked down a pair of free throws after some hard work inside earned her a trip to the charity stripe. Then, the senior posted a huge block and rebound on the defensive end and scored a layup on the other side for another two points. She would knock down one more free throw before the third quarter ended. Then, in the fourth quarter, Odinaka Oranekwu got the scoring started with a layup on a great pass from Sydney Collins. Murray-Bruce added another layup, and then Laya Paladugu added three more points of her own. Ella Kotsen closed the game on a great defensive play, stealing a ball out at the top of the Haverford offense and going coast-to-coast for one final layup for the Owls.

Bryn Mawr will be back in action on the road on Thursday night at McDaniel before returning to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Saturday for a home contest against Johns Hopkins.