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Owls Cap Off Season With Strong Senior Day Performance

Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and Elizabeth Chan are joined by Coach Becky Tyler for a Senior Day photo

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team closed out their 2018-19 campaign earlier Sarurday afternoon, as the Owls took on Centennial Conference leaders Gettysburg in a big contest at home. Not only were the Owls looking to cap off their year with one more strong performance against a league foe, but they were also hoping to send out seniors Elizabeth Chan and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson with one last hurrah. That duo certainly found a way to go out on a high note, as they combined for 20 points in the contest on nearly 50 percent shooting from the floor. Bryn Mawr gave Gettysburg a battle throughout much of the first half, keeping it a single-digit game deep into the second quarter. However, the guests ultimately managed to pull away in the end, as 14 points from Carly Rice off the bench helped propel the Bullets to an 86-48 win on the day.

Gettysburg took an early lead on two quick free throws, but the Owls tied things right back up on a jumper from Elizabeth-Robertson. The senior then sent the crowd into a frenzy a minute later when she drained a deep three-pointer to give Bryn Mawr a 5-4 lead. The Bullets went on a 19-4 run over the middle of the quarter, but Bryn Mawr closed out the frame well. Lipi Paladugu drove hard to the paint for a layup, plus a foul, and then Sydney Garner dropped in a layup of her own to cut it to a 23-14 game after one quarter.

After a Bullets bucket to open the second quarter, Laya Paladugu answered with another three-ball, which sparked an impressive run from the Owls. Bryn Mawr would hold Gettysburg scoreless for almost five minutes, and baskets from Halena Martin and Chan cut the Owls' deficit to just four points with 5:59 to play in the second period. Unfortunately, a 13-0 run from the Bullets handed the visitors a commanding lead once again. Bryn Mawr tried to battle back, as Elizabeth-Robertson and Laya Paladugu hit back-to-back baskets, but by the time halftime rolled around, Gettysburg had build a 46-26 advantage.

Garner got the second half started for the Owls with another layup on a nice post move. Chan followed that up with another smooth jumper, and then Garner cashed in on an and-1 opportunity thanks to a strong layup through contact. Halena Martin closed out the third quarter with a layup of her own, and then she got the scoring started in the fourth period with a jumper from above the free throw line. Chan split a pair of free throws, and then Elizabeth-Robertson knocked down back-to-back shots. The seniors continued to provide the scoring in the final quarter of their careers, as the duo each hit another free throw, and then Chan hit one final jumper. Garner converted two more free throws in the final seconds, and that ended the scoring with Gettysburg having walked away with an 86-48 win on the day.

With that result, the Owls close out their 2018-19 campaign, and despite the final record, there were still an abundance of positive moments and foundational experiences. Bryn Mawr will certainly miss the leadership and skill that the seniors, Chan and Elizabeth-Robertson, brought to the squad, but the team will be right back in training during the offseason and hope to be back and even stronger for their 2019-20 campaign next fall.