BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls basketball team finally got some home cooking, as Bryn Mawr played their first home contest of the 2018-19 season earlier Thursday night. The Owls welcomed Haverford to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium, with the two sides looking to pick up a key Centennial Conference win. Unfortunately for the hosts, it was Haverford who got off to the fast start, holding Bryn Mawr to single digits in each of the first two quarters en route to an 84-29 win. Bryn Mawr got some very strong performances on the night despite the result, as the Owls were led by eight points from Brendan Harrison. The junior point guard knocked down a pair of three-pointers and only turned the ball over once in a very solid showing. Haverford featured five players in double-digits on the night, led by a 16-point performance from Anna-Sophia Capizzi.
The contest got off to a somewhat difficult start for the Owls, as Haverford's press caused several turnovers, and the Fords outrebounded Bryn Mawr 10-3 in the frame. That allowed the visitors to race out to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter, with Bryn Mawr's lone basket of the frame being a jumper from Laya Paladugu at the 2:46 mark. The Owls were able to turn things around a bit in the second quarter though. Elizabeth Chan got the scoring started for Bryn Mawr with a nice drive to the hoop ant layup a couple of minutes into the frame. Later, Laya Paladugu hit a free throw, and then sister Lipi Paladugu converted two freebies of her own. She would go on to bank home a layup late in the quarter, and then Odinaka Oranekwu closed out Bryn Mawr's scoring in the first half with a jumper four seconds before the buzzer sounded. That got Bryn Mawr to double-digits in the game, but the Owls still trailed Haverford 34-11 at the half.
The third quarter was another solid frame for Bryn Mawr, as the Owls seemed to come out with a renewed fire after the halftime break. Harrison got the scoring started early by canning a deep three on a nice kickout by Elizabeth Chan just 15 seconds into the quarter. A couple of possessions later, Halena Martin got physical on a drive to the hoop, earning a pair of free throws that she promptly sank. Chan got in the scorebook next, taking a nice pass from Oranekwu and nailing a jumper at the elbow. Laya Paladugu hit another jumper a few minutes later, and then Harrison knocked down her second triple of the quarter, this time from the right corner. That shot splashed home with just under a minute to go in the frame, giving the Owls their first double-digit quarter of the night. However, Haverford managed to continue padding their lead, building a 60-25 advantage by the end of the frame. The Fords would ratchet the defense back up in the fourth quarter as well, holding the Owls to single baskets from Harrison and Laya Paladugu en route to their 84-29 victory.
Bryn Mawr doesn't get to enjoy their home court for long, as the Owls are right back on the road this weekend. The team will travel to Maryland on Saturday to take on McDaniel, with gametime in Westminster slated for 1:00 PM. The Owls will close out their 2018 calendar year with four straight home games though, starting with a big "Blackout" game on Wednesday night against Swarthmore. Make sure to wear black, grab a rally towel, and bring your cheering voice to help the Owls take down the Garnet.