CARLISLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action on Saturday, as the Owls played their first contest of the new calendar year. Bryn Mawr traveled over to central Pennsylvania for a matchup against Dickinson, with both sides looking for a big win out of the gate in the new year. Unfortunately for the Owls, the Red Devils' offense exploded in the first half to get the hosts out to a big lead, and they were able to withstand a late charge from Bryn Mawr to hold on for a 75-37 win. Halena Martin led the Owls with 12 points on the day, with the junior forward nearly tallying a double-double with nine rebounds as well. Eleven different players scored for the Red Devils, led by a 16-point performance off the bench from Hannah Heiring.
The game got off to a fairly even start, as Martin answered Dickinson's opening basket with a jumper of her own on the Owls' first possession. After another Dickinson layup, the Owls answered once again on a jumper from Laya Paladugu, and the two teams had started the games a combined four-for-four. The hosts put up the first missed shot of the game on the next possession, but still managed to build up an 8-4 lead over the next minute. Martin hit another jumper for Bryn Mawr to keep things close, but a six-point run bumped Dickinson's lead out to 14-6. Paladugu provided a big lift for the Owls momentarily with a deep three-pointer to bring Bryn Mawr back within five, but then Dickinson closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to vault out to a 22-9 lead after one frame.
Martin knocked down another jumper to open the scoring in the second period, but things really slowed down from there. Bryn Mawr would score just three points the rest of the quarter, and another nearly 20-point quarter for the Red Devils gave the hosts a 40-14 advantage at the half. In the third quarter, both sides got off to a very slow start, with neither team scoring almost three minutes into the frame. A free throw from Martin got the Owls on the board, and then Paladugu hit another layup for Bryn Mawr. Brendan Harrison and Lipi Paladugu each knocked down big three-pointers for the Owls late in the third quarter, giving Bryn Mawr their best period to that point in the game. Unfortunately, Dickinson kept pouring on the pressure, as the hosts ultimately built up a 61-25 lead at the end of the frame.
Lipi Paladugu kept her hot shooting going early on in the final quarter, knocking down another three-pointer in the opening minutes. Martin hit another jumper of her own, and then junior center Sydney Garner got her first basket after returning from an injury that had forced her to miss the last seven games. Laya Paladugu would knock down a pair of free throws, and then Martin hit a jumper and free throw of her own to cap off the scoring for Bryn Mawr. The final quarter was a much better defensive performance from the Owls as well, as they held Dickinson to just 5-for-16 from the floor in the final frame. Unfortunately, it was just too late to make an impact on the final result, as the Red Devils ultimately claimed their 75-37 win.
Bryn Mawr will look to rebound from today's tough result when they get back in action next week. It will be a busy three-game week for Bryn Mawr, and it starts on Tuesday with a 6:00 PM tip at Johns Hopkins. The Owls will then get their first home game of the new year on Thursday night when they host Franklin & Marshall at 7:00 PM.