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Owls’ Defense Unable to Stave Off Garnets

Owls’ Defense Unable to Stave Off Garnets

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls were back in action on Tuesday evening to welcome the Garnets of Swarthmore to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium. Forward Sydney Collins was aggressive, not only leading the Owls in points, but defending the basket to limit the Garnets to only 32 points in the first half. The Owls' strong defensive efforts made for the third consecutive game in which they've managed to hold the opponent to under 40 points in the first half.

"I thought we played hard but struggled to put the ball in the basket tonight," head coach Carla Coleman said. "You will have nights like this I told them."

Bryn Mawr kept the first minutes of the game close with their opponent. Swarthmore's Dana Bandurick made the first buckets of the night, but Sydney Collins was right behind with a layup to tie the game. After a series of lead changes, Swarthmore jumped out to a lead, assisted by two free throws by Bandurick. Bryn Mawr had a handful of opportunities to score in the remaining minutes of the quarter but were unable to produce and Swarthmore drudged along to take the first quarter 15-6.

The Owls' defense, led by Collins, slowed the Garnets' acceleration to a 22-point lead to end the half (32-10). For third game in a row, the Owls limited their opponents to under 40 points scored in the first half.

After an Owl timeout due to a three-minute offensive dry spell in the third quarter, Bryn Mawr returned to the court reenergized, motivated by the words of their head coach Carla Coleman. Pasia found herself wide open following a series of quick passes and drained a three-pointer. Although Pasia's offensive efforts rejuvenated her teammates' spirits, Swarthmore's offense could not be denied as they extended their lead to 34 points to finish the third quarter 50-16.

The Owls' defense held strong in the fourth quarter, only allowing the Garnets to add 12 points to the scoreboard. Sydney Collins was the lone scorer for the Owls, until one last chance arose in the remaining 18 seconds of the game. Stubenbord at the helm, Bryn Mawr made their way into the paint. With only a second remaining on the clock, Kotsen took the Owls' last chance to score. Her shot danced around the rim, only to trickle out as the buzzer sounded. The Garnets took home the win 62-18 to increase their conference record to 4-7.

Bryn Mawr will return to the court on Thursday afternoon for a 7 PM road game at Gettysburg.