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Bryn Mawr Suffers Tough Loss at Hands of Bears

Meagan Murray-Bruce goes up for a basket at WAC december 2019

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Owls basketball team hit the road for a Centennial Conference showdown with Ursinus earlier Saturday afternoon. Bryn Mawr was able to stay with the Bears early on in the contest thanks to an efficient offensive start, but a tough second quarter helped Ursinus ultimately claim a 76-47 win on the day. Halena Martin and Meagan Murray-Bruce led the way for the Owls with eight points on the day. Ursinus featured three players in double-digits on the afternoon, led by 19 points from Aliyah Stephens. Lydia Konstanzer also added a double-double for the hosts.

Halena Martin gave the Owls a quick 2-0 lead thanks to a jumper on Bryn Mawr's first possession of the game. After Ursinus tied things up the next time down the floor, Odinaka Oranekwu gave Bryn Mawr the lead right back on a layup inside. The teams continued to trade points over the next several minutes. Brendan Harrison made a jumper to answer an Ursinus "and-one". Then, Ella Kotsen got in on the action with a smooth jumper of her own. After Ursinus went up three, Sydney Collins took a great feed from Laya Paladugu and scored to get the Owls back within one at 10-11. The Bears went on another mini-run to go up five, but Paladugu buried a deep three pointer to answer for the Owls.

Bryn Mawr continued to try and keep pace with Ursinus, but the Bears kept plodding along and finding ways to score. A layup from Paladugu got Bryn Mawr in the board to start the second quarter, but the hosts put together a 13-2 run that lasted midway through the frame and gave Ursinus a 30-15 advantage. Lipi Paladugu made a driving layup to put a stop to that rally, but a three-pointer from Aliyah Stephens on the very next possession just sparked another 12-0 run for the Bears. Collins knocked down a pair of free throws with under a minute to go in the quarter, but the damage had already been done, as Ursinus took a 42-19 lead to the halftime break.

The Owls put together a great start to the third quarter as they looked to narrow the deficit. Meagan Murray-Bruce knocked down a pair of free throws on Bryn Mawr's opening possession to get things started, and then Halena Martin made a jumper and two free throws to get the Owls back within 17. An eight point run from Ursinus in response gave the hosts a large advantage, but Bryn Mawr responded with layups from the Paladugu sisters and Murray-Bruce to get things under 20 once more. May Hanlon added another free throw in the final seconds of the quarter, but as the teams headed to the fourth, Ursinus had built their lead back up to 54-32.

In the fourth, it was the Bears who got off to the fast start, opening the frame with three straight layups. Murray-Bruce responded with a layup of her own, and then Harrison added another jumper. Late in the quarter, Ella Kotsen knocked down a deep three, and Hanlon added a jumper, but Ursinus ultimately pulled away to a 76-47 win on the day.

Bryn Mawr will return to their home court next week for their next contest, as the Owls will welcome Haverford. That game is slated for Tuesday night, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.