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Owls Battle Johns Hopkins in Conference Opener

Lipi Paladugu drives for a layup at Bryn Athyn 11/2019

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Owls basketball team kicked off their 2019-2020 Centennial Conference slate earlier Saturday afternoon with a trip down to Johns Hopkins to take on the Blue Jays. Halena Martin provided eight points off the bench to lead the Owls, while Lipi Paladugu added another six off the bench. Johns Hopkins got 13 points off the bench from Halie Egan to lead the hosts to a 76-36 win on the day.

The Blue Jays took an early 8-0 lead in the contest before Meagan Murray-Bruce got Bryn Mawr on the board three minutes into the opening frame. Martin would hit a jumper less than a minute later to string back-to-back buckets together for the Owls, and then Emma Garner made a nice move to earn a layup later on in the quarter. However, Hopkins would take a 19-6 lead into the second quarter. Martin got that next frame going on a positive note for Bryn Mawr, earning and converting a pair of free throws just 11 seconds into the quarter. Murray-Bruce continued her hard work down low by earning another layup later in the quarter, and then Laya Paladugu took a nice pass from Emma Garner and drove to the basket for a hoop and a harm. Garner would later convert a pair of free throws of her own to cap off the half.

In the third quarter the Owls put together a strong defensive performance, holding the Blue Jays to their lowest offensive output of the game. On the other end, Odinaka Oranekwu got her first points of the game with a driving layup inside. Ella Kotsen put in another layup just minutes later, and then Lipi Paladugu hit back-to-back layups of her own. Then with seconds to go in the quarter, Sydney Collins got great position down low, pulled down a strong offensive rebound, and nailed the putback to get the Owls on 25 points. The offensive output continued to increase into the fourth quarter, starting with another layup from Lipi Paladugu on a feed from Collins. Oranekwu hit the front end of a pair of free throws, and then Martin got back in on the action with another jumper. After a few Owls free throws, Brendan Harrison capped off the day by drilling a three-pointer to get Bryn Mawr their 36-point total.

The Owls will be right back in action next week, as Bryn Mawr will play their home opener against Ursinus on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.