Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Owls basketball squad closed out their 2014-15 season earlier Monday night with a thrilling tilt against Trinity (D.C.) University. Bryn Mawr took the Tigers to the limit in the game, playing a very competitive contest but falling just short by a score of 63-42. It was a great way to send out the Owls seniors on the final night of their Bryn Mawr careers, as well, as seniors Chantille Kennedy and Holly Constants both had big impacts on the game. Kennedy led the Owls with ten points, including an 8-of-12 performance from the free throw stripe. Constants put up five points while also pulling down six rebounds and making three steals. The Tigers, meanwhile, were led by forward Blessing Hayes, who poured in 15 points to lead all scorers in the contest.
Bryn Mawr (1-19) got off to a great start in tonight's game, as has been the norm for the Owls this season. The Tigers got on the board first, but Kennedy quickly tied things up with a nice jumper from the outside. After a pair of free throws and another basket from Trinity (11-5), Tosin Ajiboye got her name into the score sheet with a workmanlike offensive rebound and putback. The Tigers got another jumper the next time down the floor, but Bryn Mawr answered with a jumper of their own through Adriana Castilla-Hernandez. She would follow that up with a layup a few minutes later to make it a 10-8 game. Then, Audrey Burnim followed a Trinity basket with a nice set shot from the block to make it 12-10 midway through the half.
Trinity used the next four minutes to put together a 9-0 run, but Bryn Mawr managed to stem the tide with a jumper from Kara Breeden. Later on in the half, Constants would drain a jumper of her own, and then earn a trip to the free throw line where she split the pair to make it a 28-17 game. Hayes got the Tigers to 30 the next time down the floor, but Bryn Mawr made a huge response in the final possession of the half. Constants missed a jumper with eight seconds left, but Burnim pulled down a huge offensive rebound and got the ball in the hands of Castilla-Hernandez. The sophomore guard drove to her right into the paint and put up a jumper of her own, getting fouled in the process. The ball swished through the net, sending the Owls fans to their feet and giving Castilla-Hernandez a chance at an old-fashioned three-point play. Although she couldn't convert the free throw, that play helped send Bryn Mawr to the lockers with some great momentum and trailing just 30-19.
Unfortunately, that would be the closest Bryn Mawr would get for the rest of the game, even though it wasn't for a lack of trying. Trinity got the first few baskets out of the break, but Ajiboye ended that run with a nice layup in the post. Then, Constants drilled another jumper, and Kennedy capped off the run by sinking a pair of well-earned free throws to make it 37-25. The Tigers would respond with a 9-1 run of their own before Sanam Sheriff nailed a three-ball from the right wing to cut it to a 15 point deficit.
Trinity added a wrinkle to their defense in the second half, pressing full court numerous times to force several key Bryn Mawr turnovers leading to easy layups. The Owls tried to answer back, earning plenty of trips to the free throw line thanks to hard work on the offensive glass. Kennedy herself hit three straight free throws at one point in the game, but it wasn't enough. Burnim hit one last jumper for the Owls with under a minute to play before the final horn sounded with the board showing a 63-42 final score.
The Owls close out their season with a final record of 1-19. The team will lose three players to graduation in the offseason, but the future looks bright for the returners and a few key freshmen already set to come into the program next season.