BRYN MAWR, Pa. – On the hunt for their first conference win of the season, the Bryn Mawr Owls basketball team looked to find their momentum once again as they faced Muhlenberg Tuesday evening in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium. While Bryn Mawr was able to regain their composure in the second half, the Mules continued play with the upper hand as the Owls fell 27-80. Jess Smith led the Owls with 12 points, going 5-16 in field goals and 2-5 on free throws, while also notching three steals. Muhlenberg's Margaux Eripret led the Mules with 16 points, going 6-8 on field goals and 4-5 on free throws.
Muhlenberg brought the heat right from the start as they'd go on a dominating 12-point run before the Owls found their first basket with under three minutes left in the quarter. A free throw from Sena Kaper-Dale ended the Mules' streak. The Mules went on another scoring frenzy, going on a six-point run, to close the first quarter and put the score at 1-18.
With the second quarter underway, the Owls hoped to close the scoring gap to put themselves back in the game. The Mules added another seven points before Smith made her first lay-up of the night. A foul by Avery McNulty resulted in a free throw made by Smith. Shortly after, captain Ella Kotsen further tacked on to Bryn Mawr's total with two points. The Mules continued to find the basket without another Bryn Mawr score, and the half ended with the Owls trailing 6-38.
The Owls finally started to find their footing in the third quarter as the teams traded points back and forth throughout the entirety of the next 10 minutes. Starting off the quarter with a layup, Sydney Collins and Smith tag teamed an additional seven points for the Owls in the first half of the quarter. Muhlenberg consistently made baskets to keep their lead, but Kaper-Dale and Smith tallied a few additional layups. Muhlenberg Riley Cassidy made a three-point jump shot seconds before the end of the quarter to bring the score to 58-19.
The fourth quarter was off to a quick start as Emily Unger made a three-point jump shot for the Mules. Kotsen quickly followed this with her own three-point jump shot, which would turn out to be the Owls' only jump shot of the game.
Five minutes of gameplay remained and despite the Mules having a strong lead, Bryn Mawr kept the fighting coming and with teamwork, continued to add to their score. Smith landed a free throw to hit her game total of 11 points, while Collins made two free-throws followed by a two-point layup from Hannah Govert. Unfortunately, those were the only points the Owls saw in the fourth quarter as Muhlenberg walked away with the win 27-80.
With the holiday season right around the corner, the team sees a week off from competition before hitting the road next week. The Owls face Washington College next Tuesday, November 29 with game time slated for 8:00 PM in the Penny J. Fall Gym.