BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team opened the new year earlier Saturday afternoon with a big Centennial Conference matchup against McDaniel. The two sides battled it out in a tough defensive scrap through most of the first half, but ultimately the Green Terror came away with the win in 64-29 fashion. The Owls did a great job spreading out the scoring in today's affair, with Halena Martin and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson leading the way with nine and eight points, respectively. On the other side, McDaniel got a great effort out of Hannah Zajac off the bench, as she led all scorers with 14 points on the afternoon.
The Owls opened up today's game playing some really incredible defense, flustering their opponents and limiting the Green Terror to a measly 3-for-21 from the floor in the first frame. In fact, Bryn Mawr held the visitors scoreless for the first 3:12 of play this afternoon. The Owls did a great job staying in front of shooters and contesting each shot, and Bryn Mawr also was strong on the glass, out-rebounding McDaniel by a 14-10 margin in the frame. However, the Green Terror showed off some high-quality defense of their own in the same frame, limiting Bryn Mawr to just four points in the quarter. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Meagan Murray-Bruce both tallied baskets, but Bryn Mawr turned the ball over eight times in the frame and were limited to just ten field goal attempts in the quarter. When the clock hit zero to end the first period, McDaniel held a slim 8-4 lead in the low-scoring affair.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the Green Terror were able to wake up from their slumber in the second frame, as the visitors exploded for 22 points in the quarter. Elizabeth-Robertson and Halena Martin both hit shots in the opening three minutes of the frame, but the Owls went ice cold from the floor for the final seven minutes of the half. They did a good job of getting to the line instead, as Brendan Harrison, Sydney Garner, and Odinaka Oranekwu all hit free throws in the quarter. However, the team also turned the ball over 11 more times, and McDaniel shot 60 percent from the floor in the quarter to take a 30-13 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Halena Martin got the third quarter off to a great start for the Owls, nailing a deep three-ball from the top of the circle to get the Owls going early on. Unfortunately, Bryn Mawr would only get three more points in the quarter, as McDaniel's high-pressure defense continued to force the Owls into making mistakes. The Green Terror caused 13 more turnovers in the third quarter, allowing them to extend their lead to 47-19 at the end of the third. The fourth quarter was a much closer frame, as the Owls were finally able to sustain possession and generate some high quality offensive chances. A jumper from Elizabeth-Robertson kicked off the scoring, and then Oranekwu nailed a jumper of her own, her first basket of the season after returning from injury. Then it was Martin's turn to take over for a few possessions, as the sophomore forward hit back-to-back jumpers, the second on a sweet feed from Harrison. Elizabeth-Robertson closed out the scoring for Bryn Mawr on the day by hitting two more free throws late in the quarter.
Ultimately, McDaniel's defense proved to be the deciding factor on the day. The Green Terror forced Bryn Mawr into 37 turnovers on the afternoon, the most the Owls have committed in a single game in over four years. McDaniel capitalized off of those Bryn Mawr errors to the tune of 43 points off turnovers in the game. There were still some bright spots for the Owls however, including a great rebounding effort from Harrison. The sophomore guard wasn't afraid to mix it up with the bigs down low, as she managed to pull down a season-high eight rebounds in today's contest.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action next week as their busy Centennial Conference slate continues. The Owls will travel to Carlisle on Tuesday night for a 6 PM game against Dickinson. Bryn Mawr will return to their home court on Thursday night to take on Johns Hopkins at 7:00 PM.