Phoenixville, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr basketball team returned to the hardcourt after a long winter break earlier Tuesday night, and nearly took home their first win of the season in the process. The Owls held a lead late in the second half over the University of Valley Forge, but the hosts used a key six-point run to regain the lead and hold on for a narrow victory. Sanam Sheriff led the Owls with ten points off the bench while Veronica Roux added six points and 15 rebounds in the affair.
Bryn Mawr (0-8) jumped out to a quick lead in their first minutes back in action. Adriana Castilla-Hernandez pulled down a rebound of her own miss and dished a perfect pass to Chantille Kennedy. The senior guard swooped into the paint and went up for a layup. She managed to kiss the ball off the glass and through the hoop, all while being fouled by a Valley Forge player. Kennedy converted the old-fashioned three point play, and the Owls were off to a roaring start.
The Patriots (2-10) quickly answered back, however, draining a deep three-pointer on their next possession to know the game up. Veronica Roux would give the Owls the lead back a few minutes later, tipping in her own rebound to give the visitors a 5-3 lead. Castilla-Hernandez would then extend the Bryn Mawr lead with a made jumper of her own.
Valley Forge proved a difficult opponent, however. The Patriots got back within one on another deep three-pointer before taking their first lead of the game with just under ten minutes to go in the first half. Over the next several minutes, Valley Forge would extend their advantage to seven points, keying off of several Owls turnovers. Sheriff managed to cut that lead down with a big three-ball late in the half, but Bailey Mayforth answered back for the hosts with a three of her own on their very next possession to help Valley Forge take a 19-12 lead into the halftime break.
The hosts would extend that lead as high as ten points early on in the second half, but then Bryn Mawr made a great run of their own to get the momentum back. Kara Breeden got things started by deftly stealing the ball away from a Patriots player and converting the fast break layup. Then, Sheriff made a layup of her own to make it a six point game. Breeden once again came up big defensively, making another of her four steals on the night and converting the layup. Once again, it was Sheriff who followed that effort up with a big basket of her own, drilling another three-ball to bring Bryn Mawr all the way back within one point at 23-24.
After trading several empty possessions back and forth, the Owls would finally reclaim their advantage. With just under ten minutes to go in the game, Roux got good position down low and managed to convert a layup off of a steal by Sheriff, handing Bryn Mawr their first lead since the first frame. Unfortunately for the Owls, it would be a short-lived advantage. The Patriots would retake the lead on a jumper their next trip down the floor, and although Bryn Mawr would tie things back up on a free throw, the Owls would go on to find themselves trailing by six points with four minutes left to play.
Bryn Mawr tried to make one final run to get back in the game, cutting their deficit to three points thanks to three free throws on two trips to the line from Kennedy. However, Valley Forge would jump back ahead to a 36-29 lead, and baskets from Sheriff and Roux at the end were too late to get the Owls over the hump, as the Patriots hung on for a 36-33 win.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Thursday night, as the team travels just up the road to take on crosstown rivals Haverford. Game time is slated for 7:00 PM.