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Owls Show Mettle by Winning Second Half at McDaniel

Halena Martin takes on Washington College fall 2019

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Owls basketball squad hit the road earlier Thursday for Centennial Conference road game at McDaniel. It was a tough start for the Owls in this one, but Bryn Mawr did a great job of battling back and ultimately outscoring the Green Terror in the second half of the game. Halena Martin led Bryn Mawr with 15 points on the night, and Sydney Collins had a strong performance as well, as the Owls outscored McDaniel in the paint. The hosts got all the scoring they needed elsewhere, though, led by 12 points from Anna Mondoro.

McDaniel jumped out to an early lead thanks to two quick free throws from Mondoro, and that sparked a 20-0 run that put Bryn Mawr in a deep hole right out of the gate. The Owls missed their first ten shots of the game and had to burn two timeouts in the first quarter before Martin finally got the visitors on the board thanks to a jumper with 2:28 to go in the first quarter. A single free throw from Odinaka Oranekwu would be the only other scoring of the first frame, and McDaniel took a 20-point lead into the break between quarters.

Despite the slow start, Bryn Mawr put together a better second quarter, and ultimately improved their performance all the way through the contest. In the second, Martin got the Owls' scoring going once again with another made jumper. The senior would knock down another jumper on the Owls' next possession, and then May Hanlon hit a jumper of her own midway through the frame on an assist from Laya Paladugu. Over the rest of the quarter, Brendan Harrison and Ella Kotsen would combine for five free throws, and as the teams headed into halftime the Owls had held McDaniel to fewer points in the second quarter, but still trailed 42-14.

The second half was where Bryn Mawr did most of their damage. Oranekwu got the third quarter going with a jumper on an assist by Lipi Paladugu. Martin would knock down back-to-back jumpers once again a few minutes later. Then, Sydney Collins fought through contact down low to make a layup, earning an extra free throw for her troubles which she promptly sank. Laya Paladugu hit a pair of free throws of her own to close out the quarter for Bryn Mawr.

Both teams struggled to score early on in the fourth, but Bryn Mawr finally got rolling in the final minutes of the frame. After going scoreless for the first 6:37 of play, Collins made a layup from the post, and that sparked a strong 14-5 run to close the game for the Owls. Collins made another layup, this time of the left-handed variety after making a nice back cut and getting a feed from Lipi Paladugu at the top of the key. Moments later, Martin hit a driving layup and got the foul as well, and then Brendan Harrison kept Bryn Mawr rolling with a three from the top of the arc. Another free throw from Lipi Paladugu closed things out, and with the 14-9 advantage in the final frame, Bryn Mawr had come back strong and won the second half battle in the contest.

Bryn Mawr will be back in action on Saturday at home, as the Owls will face off against Johns Hopkins at 1:00 PM.