Bryn Mawr Puts Up Strong Fight at Gettysburg

Laya Paladugu takes on Swarthmore in the spring of 2018

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team traveled over to Central Pennsylvania to take on Gettysburg earlier Saturday afternoon, in what proved to be a difficult test against the top team in the Centennial Conference. Laya Paladugu led the Owls with nine points in the contest, and Bryn Mawr posted nine steals on the day in a solid defensive effort. However, the Bullets controlled things from start to finish in this one, with 14 different players tallying points for the hosts. Emma Dorshimer led the way for Gettysburg with an efficient 14 points in 11 minutes of action.

The Owls got on the board early on in the opening quarter, as Paladugu knocked down a jumper on an assist from Halena Martin. That basket made it a 2-4 game in the opening minutes, but Gettysburg scored the next 16 points in the quarter to take a commanding 20-2 lead. Paladugu put a stop to that run with a nice steal and layup, and later Odinaka Oranekwu converted a layup of her own on an assist from Sydney Garner to get Bryn Mawr to six points. In the second quarter, Halena Martin hit a jumper for her lone basket of the day, but that was all the Owls would get in that frame. Gettysburg buckled down defensively in that period to outscore Bryn Mawr 14-2 and take a 44-8 lead at the half.

Gettysburg extended their lead with an eight-point run to open the second quarter, but Bryn Mawr answered back thanks to another layup from Paladugu and then a deep three-pointer by Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson. Later, Paladugu hit a layup just before the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter on a high note. The fourth quarter was an even stronger performance for Bryn Mawr, starting with a layup from Elizabeth Chan. Later, Garner got in on the action with a jumper of her own, and then Paladugu split a pair of free throws after another nice slash to the hoop. The Owls closed the contest with some strong shooting at the free throw line, as Garner went two-for-two (and also made a strong block on a Gettysburg attempt on the other end) and Lipi Paladugu knocked down five more freebies of her own.

Bryn Mawr will return to action next week, as they get back on their home court on Wednesday night to take on Dickinson. Game time against the Red Devils at home on Wednesday is set for 7:00 PM.