HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team was back in action earlier Tuesday evening, as the Owls faced off against Bi-Co rivals Haverford College on the road. Bryn Mawr played a very strong first half, and Halena Martin put up 17 points in a great game for the Owls. However, Haverford pulled through with a strong second half, and with three starters putting up double-digits, the Fords were ultimately able to pull away to a 74-33 win.
Haverford got out in front early on in tonight's contest with two quick baskets, but Bryn Mawr answered back on a jumper by Martin. The Fords would ultimately get out to a 10-2 lead midway through the first quarter, but Bryn Mawr did a great job taking their effort to the next level over the rest of the half. Defensively, the Owls began to lock down on their opponents, closing passing lanes and forcing several turnovers and bad shots. That grit and improved D helped Bryn Mawr limit the Fords to just two more points the rest of the quarter. Meanwhile, on the other end, the Owls offense started to click a bit as well. Martin was able to get around a defender for an easy layup, and then Meagan Murray-Bruce hit a jumper off of a great assist from Lipi Paladugu to get the Owls back within four. When the first frame ended, it appeared as if it would be a low-scoring affair with Haverford out in front 12-6.
Bryn Mawr managed to trim their deficit even further in the second quarter, as Paladugu made a layup and Kara Breeden hit a sweet jumper to draw the Owls within two points. However, a nine-point run from the Fords helped the hosts bump their lead back up to 21-10. Despite continued solid play from Bryn Mawr, including a deep three-pointer by Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson, Haverford would continue to stretch their advantage out over the rest of the half. When the horn sounded to send the teams to the locker room for halftime, Haverford had doubled-up on the Owls with a 35-17 lead.
The break was not as helpful for the Owls as head coach Rebecca Tyler probably would have hoped, as Haverford opened the second half on a 10-0 run. Bryn Mawr would get their first basket almost halfway through the third quarter on a nice floater from Brendan Harrison. Halena Martin would get the other two baskets of the quarter for the Owls. In the fourth quarter, Harrison and Martin continued to lead the Bryn Mawr attack with made jumpers in the opening minutes. In fact, Martin would make three of Bryn Mawr's four baskets in the frame. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson would add two free throws late in the game, but it was too late to impact the final result as Haverford cruised away with the 74-33 victory.
Martin paced the Owls once again, leading the team in scoring for the third straight game. Elizabeth-Robertson added seven more points for the Owls. On the other side, Haverford center Samantha Wetzel was a force inside, leading all scorers with 20 points. Megan Furch and Macy Goldbach tallied 12 and 11 more points apiece. The inside scoring was where the Fords really made their hay, as they outscored Bryn Mawr 48-4 in the paint.
The Owls will be right back in action in a couple days as they are in the midst of a busy week. The team will travel to Ursinus College to face off against the Bears on Thursday night at 8:00 PM. Bryn Mawr will then return home for their third game of the week on Saturday against Franklin & Marshall.