CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action earlier Thursday night for another Centennial Conference road test. The Owls traveled down to Maryland to take on Washington College, and senior guard Elizabeth Chan put on a very strong performance. Chan led the Owls with a nearly perfect five-for-six night from the floor for a team-high 12 points in the contest. Halena Martin and Laya Paladugu also had impressive nights for the Owls, as each tallied eight points in the game. However, Washington College was able to ride a 20-point performance from Cassidy Quattro to victory on the night, as the Shorewomen pulled away to an 87-50 win.
The hosts jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the opening minutes, but Bryn Mawr did a great job of battling back early on. Chan got the Owls going with a jumper on a nice pass out of the post from Sydney Garner. Then, after another Shorewomen basket, Odinaka Oranekwu made back-to-back layups on great drives down the lane, and then Halena Martin tallied her first basket of the night on a great assist by Brendan Harrison. That basket got Bryn Mawr back within three, a margin that remained over the next several minutes. Two free throws from Paladugu kept the Shorewomen in check, as the Owls trailed just 10-13.
Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, Washington College went on to put a 10-1 run together that spanned into the second quarter. The Owls immediately went to work trying to narrow that gap, and a jumper from Chan was the spark that started that effort. On the other end, the senior guard pulled down a strong defensive rebound, and that led to a deep three-pointer for Laya Paladugu on Bryn Mawr's ensuing possession. That brief run got the Owls back within seven, but that was as close as they would get. Brendan Harrison knocked down a triple of her own, and then Halena Martin hit a jumper, but Washington College outscored the Owls 15-5 over the next 4:30 of play to stretch their lead out to 38-21. Chan would make one more jumper in the period, followed by a free throw and another jumper from Martin, but the Owls still headed into the halftime break trailing 43-26.
Looking to start a comeback in the third quarter, the Owls unfortunately fell further behind in the early going, as Washington College started the frame on a 7-0 run. A bucket from Chan halted that momentarily, but the Shorewomen made the next three baskets before a free throw from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson got the Owls back on the board. In fact, Elizabeth-Robertson would be a big factor for the Owls in the frame, earning multiple trips to the charity stripe and going 6-for-8 from the line in the period. Laya Paladugu also knocked down another key triple, and Oranekwu hit another tough layup to give Bryn Mawr a bit of positive momentum headed to the fourth quarter. In that final frame, Chan got the offense going once again with another jumper, and then Sydney Garner followed suit with a jumper of her own. The Owls continued to stay solid at the free throw line as well, with Oranekwu and Chan each knocking down freebies. Brendan Harrison also canned another deep three for the Owls in the waning moments of the game, but it wasn't enough to make up the gap, as Washington College bounced back from a slow start to earn the 87-50 victory.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action this weekend as they close out another busy week of Centennial Conference play. The Owls will finally be back on their home floor for the first time in ten days, and it should be a fun contest to watch. Bryn Mawr will play host to McDaniel on Saturday afternoon in a rematch of a very close game from back in December. In that one, the Green Terror did lead most of the way, but Bryn Mawr tested McDaniel the whole way in what was ultimately a close eight-point loss for the Owls. Bryn Mawr will look to exact some revenge for that on their home court on Saturday, with gametime set for 1:00 PM in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium.