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Bryn Mawr Takes on Washington College in First Contest of 2022

Ella kotsen fall 2021

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team finally got their first game of the 2022 calendar year in earlier Tuesday night, as the Owls traveled down to the eastern shore of Maryland for a Centennial Conference contest against Washington College. Bryn Mawr put together a solid first half in their return to action, but the Shorewomen pulled away in the third quarter and ultimately claimed a 69-16 victory. Jessica Smith led Bryn Mawr in scoring with six points on the night while Ella Kotsen chipped in another four. The Shorewomen got 17 points from Andrea Prestianne and another 14 from Lizzie Hudock to claim the win.

The Shorewomen got off to a fast start, taking a 12-0 lead by the midpoint of the first quarter. Smith got Bryn Mawr on the board with 5:33 to go in the frame, knocking down a jumper out of an Owls timeout. A little later, Kotsen split a pair of free throws, giving Bryn Mawr their lone additional point as Washington College staked themselves to a 26-3 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

Despite the tough start, Bryn Mawr bounced back with a much stronger performance in the second frame. Sonja Meijer got things started with a lone free throw a couple minutes into the quarter, then sank two more freebies after drawing another foul on the Owls' next possession. After a brief scoreless stretch, Kotsen took a pass from Hallie Kern and drilled a deep three-pointer for Bryn Mawr. A solid defensive stop from the Owls gave the visitors the ball right back, and on the ensuing possession, Smith knocked down a triple of her own to get Bryn Mawr to double digits. That would be the final points of the frame for the Owls, but they had done a solid job of slowing down the Washington College attack, as the hosts only outscored Bryn Mawr 13-9 in the second quarter.

Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, the second half would not provide much in the way of positives. Coming out of the halftime break, the Owls went 0-for-24 from the field the rest of the way against a strong Shorewomen defense. Bryn Mawr was held without a point in the third quarter and then scored four points, all on free throws, in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Shorewomen combined for 30 points in the second half, allowing the hosts to pull away to the 69-16 win on the night.

Bryn Mawr will look to shake off the tough result quickly as they get right back in action on Thursday night with their first home contest of the calendar year. The Owls will host Muhlenberg in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Thursday, with the contest set to tip off at 7:00 PM.