Owls Start Strong Against McDaniel, But Come Up Just Short

Brendan Harrison takes on McDaniel in January 2019

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action earlier Saturday, as the Owls welcomed McDaniel College to campus for a Centennial Conference contest. Bryn Mawr got off to a great start in the game, as they took an early lead and matched McDaniel shot-for-shot throughout the first quarter. Halena Martin led the Owls with 12 points off the bench, while Laya Paladugu added another 11 on a 4-for-5 afternoon. Unfortunately, McDaniel made a huge run over the second and third quarters, with the Green Terror ultimately pulling away to a 77-46 victory. The visitors were led by a 19-point performance from Caroline Ward off the bench, while Hannah Zajac and Sara Pilkey each added 12 more points for the Green Terror.

Bryn Mawr jumped out to a quick lead in the contest thanks to a layup from Laya Paladugu. The Green Terror immediately tied things back up, but the Owls leapt ahead over the next several minutes, starting with back-to-back three pointers by Brendan Harrison and Laya Paladugu. McDaniel drew back within one after two baskets of their own, but another three-ball from Laya Paladugu made it an 11-7 lead for the Owls. Later, Sydney Garner made a great post move to convert a layup, and moved Bryn Mawr's advantage to 13-9. A 7-0 run from the visitors put McDaniel ahead for the first time in the game. However, a quick timeout from Bryn Mawr helped calm the Owls' offense, and that led to a great play that saw Lipi Paladugu earn two free throws to bring the hosts back within one. A pair of free throws for the Green Terror gave them that cushion back, but a jumper from Halena Martin made it a one point game with 2:15 to go in the quarter. McDaniel would score the lone basket of the period over those final two minutes, but it was still a strong first quarter performance that saw the Owls trail by just three headed into the second frame.

Unfortunately for the Owls, things went somewhat downhill from there. McDaniel continued to find ways to score on offense, but on the other side, the Owls' offense completely dried up in the second period. Bryn Mawr went 2-for-13 from the floor in that quarter, with baskets from Elizabeth Chan and Martin and a free throw from Shannon Fisher being the only scoring for Bryn Mawr in the frame. Things got somewhat better after the halftime break, as the Owls scored double-digits in both the third and fourth quarters. A nice jumper from Chan opened the scoring in the second half, and then Halena Martin knocked down a free throw and made another jumper. Later, Harrison knocked down two free throws of her own, and then Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson hit a jumper of her own. After a couple more free throws in the third quarter, the Owls got on the board in the fourth on a layup from Lipi Paladugu. Elizabeth-Robertson scored four straight points, and then Martin tallied another jumper of her own before knocking down another free throw. Laya Paladugu got back on the board with another layup, and then Martin closed the game with one more jumper in the final seconds. Ultimately, the Owls scored 46 points in the contest, but that wasn't enough to match the output of the Green Terror, as McDaniel used a hot night from the floor and beyond the arc to claim their 77-46 win.

The Owls will continue this homestand with their next game on Wednesday evening. Bryn Mawr will welcome Muhlenberg to campus for a 7:00 PM tip on Wednesday.