Owls Hang Tough Against Shorewomen

Owls Hang Tough Against Shorewomen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team hit the road to Washington College earlier Tuesday, looking to grab a Centennial Conference win against their southern foes. Despite a solid opening and closing quarters in this one, the middle of tonight's game was not as friendly to the Owls, and Washington College would ultimately pull away to a 78-50 win on the night. Sydney Garner was the lone Bryn Mawr player to hit double-digits, as she led the Owls with 10 points in a strong effort in this one. Washington College featured three players with 10 points or more, led by 18 from Bridget McLaughlin.

McLaughlin got the game started on the right foot for the Shorewomen with the opening basket, one that paved the way for a 6-0 run from the hosts right out of the gate. However, Bryn Mawr answered back quickly with a good stretch of play of their own. Kara Breeden earned a trip to the free throw line and sank a pair of freebies, then Halena Martin nailed a jumper off of a Shorewomen turnover. Later, Garner and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson hit back-to-back baskets to get Bryn Mawr within three at 8-11. Ali Grundy would close out the first quarter for the Shorewomen with five points, but Bryn Mawr got a basket of their own from Elizabeth Chan to put a pin on a solid frame.

Breeden once again scored the first points of the frame in the second for Bryn Mawr, nailing a jumper in transition after a tremendous block and assist from Elizabeth-Robertson. However, a deep three-pointer from Grundy sparked a 14-4 run for the hosts, handing them a 32-16 lead with under three minutes to play in the half. Garner put a stop to that run with a great post move for a layup inside. Before the quarter ended, Martin would hit two more baskets of her own, but the Shorewomen still held a 38-22 lead at the break. The hosts would only extend that lead out even further in the third quarter, outscoring the Owls 20-12 in the frame. Chan opened the scoring for Bryn Mawr, but the Shorewomen ran off 10 straight points before the visitors could get another basket. Adriana Castilla-Hernandez ended that little run with a basket, and then Odinaka Oranekwu hit a layup of her own to get in the scorebook. Later, Martin hit a jumper, and then Elizabeth-Robertson made two buckets in a row. Still, when the horn sounded to end the frame the Shorewomen held a 58-34 lead.

The fourth quarter was a much stronger showing for the Owls, starting with another strong move inside by Garner to earn two free throws. The freshman would later hit a nice jump shot following a layup from Chan. Oranekwu continued her solid trip back from injury in this game, and she would pick up another basket at the 5:52 mark. The freshman then came up with a stuff block, the rebound, and a big offensive board in the next minute of play, all leading up to yet another bucket from Garner. Fellow first-year Kaia Valentine would keep the young blood flowing later in the frame, nailing Bryn Mawr's lone three-pointer of the game minutes later. Elizabeth-Robertson would cap off her fine night with one more bucket, getting the Owls to the half-century mark in the final scoring play of the night.

Despite the tough loss, there were plenty of strong performances from the Owls. Garner has really stepped up her play inside each and every game, and it showed tonight with her team-leading scoring effort. After a brilliant start to the season, Oranekwu is finally back on the court and easing her way into action, and it's already having a huge impact on the Owls. The freshman pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds in the contest to go along with her six points. Despite having her double-digit scoring streak snapped, Halena Martin had a quiet but solid nine-point night.

The Owls will return home to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Thursday night for their next contest, when they host Swarthmore at 7:00 PM.