STAUNTON, Va. - The Owls basketball team was right back in action on Saturday afternoon, as Bryn Mawr took on Mary Baldwin to complete their weekend road trip in Virginia. Halena Martin had another strong game for Bryn Mawr, putting up double-digits for the third straight contest for the Owls. Sydney Garner also played a big part in Bryn Mawr's efforts on the day, scoring ten points and pulling down eight rebounds. However, Mary Baldwin's offense proved too strong to stop, as the Fighting Squirrels scored 20+ points in three out of the four quarters in today's game and shot 40% from the field to claim an 87-50 win over the Owls.
Bryn Mawr kept things close early on thanks to some solid defense and strong play from Garner. The junior center earned an early trip to the free throw line and split a pair of chances, and then she took a great feed from Odinaka Oranekwu and hit her first bucket of the day to make it a 3-4 game. A few minutes later, it was Martin's turn to get on the board, as she pulled down a strong defensive rebound and a few seconds later hit a jumper to give the Owls their first lead of the day. Later, Garner nailed another bucket and got fouled, and her free throw made it an 8-8 ballgame three minutes into the first quarter. However, the Fighting Squirrels defense buckled down from there, keeping Bryn Mawr from scoring another point in the frame and ultimately working their way out to a 20-8 lead.
Mary Baldwin scored the first two baskets of the second quarter as well, making it a 16-point run for the Fighting Squirrels over the first two frames. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson put an end to that streak for Bryn Mawr, hitting a jumper at the 6:32 mark of the second quarter. Later, Garner knocked down two more free throws, and then Lipi Paladugu got on the board with a jumper after an offensive rebound by Martin. Martin would later knock down a three-pointer in the final seconds of the quarter, but the second frame also proved damaging to Bryn Mawr's chances, as Mary Baldwin outscored the Owls 19-9 to take a 39-17 advantage to the locker room at the half.
The Owls' offense put on a much better showing in the second half, starting with a strong third quarter performance. Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson hit a free throw, and then Brendan Harrison canned a three-pointer to get Bryn Mawr going. Elizabeth-Robertson then knocked down back-to-back jumpers, and Garner got back on the board with a bucket of her own. Martin tallied another three-ball later on, and then two free throws from Laya Paladugu closed out the quarter for the Owls. In the fourth, the offense continued to come to life, starting with a free throw from Martin. She would then knock down another three-pointer, and then Laya Paladugu nailed a jumper of her own on a nice pass from Brendan Harrison. Martin and Paladugu continued to score, and then Oranekwu got on the board with a free throw. Elizabeth Chan scored the next six points for the Owls, and then Martin capped off a nice final quarter for Bryn Mawr with one more basket. Unfortunately, Mary Baldwin's offense proved even more potent in the second half themselves, as the Fighting Squirrels put up 48 points in the second frame to cruise away to their 87-50 win.
Bryn Mawr will now get a slight break in the action as the Thanksgiving break rolls around. The Owls will be back in action after the holiday, as they travel up 476 to Allentown for their first Centennial Conference contest of the season. Bryn Mawr will take on Muhlenberg on Tuesday, November 27th, with game time set for 7:30 PM.