BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team put together an incredible fourth-quarter rally earlier Wednesday night in their game against Valley Forge, battling all the way back from an 11-point deficit to tie things up midway through the final frame. However, the final few baskets simply went the way of the visitors on this night, as Bryn Mawr dropped a hard-fought 50-46 game to the Patriots. Freshman Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson led the Owls with 16 points on the night in a solid performance. The Patriots were led by Mikala Brinson, who also tallied 16 points, along with seven rebounds and five assists.
Valley Forge (6-7) got out to an early lead in tonight's contest with some solid play over the opening few minutes, and the Patriots led 9-6 midway through the first frame. However, Bryn Mawr (3-11) slowly chipped away at that small margin, and by the end of the first quarter the Owls had all the momentum. Sarah Ledger got in on the action with a great offensive rebound and putback to start things off. Then Elizabeth-Robertson earned a trip to the free throw line and hit both shots. Later on in the quarter, Erica Dwyer nailed a deep three-pointer, her second of the period, and that tied things up at 13-all. Then, the Owls defense buckled down, allowing Bryn Mawr to take a 17-13 lead at the break thanks to buckets from Elizabeth-Robertson and Elizabeth Chan.
Chan extended Bryn Mawr's lead to six right out of the gates in the second quarter with another made jump shot. Later on in the quarter, four straight points from Elizabeth-Robertson would extend that lead to eight. It appeared as if Bryn Mawr might be able to blow the doors off and run away with the game at that point. However, a quick timeout from the Patriots helped right the ship for the visitors, as they would close the half on a 15-2 run to take a 30-25 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The Owls tried to respond right out of the gates in the third quarter, and did cut the lead to three with a nice jumper from Elizabeth-Robertson. However, Valley Forge would continue their offensive onslaught over the first five minutes of the period, ultimately extending their lead to as high as 11 points midway through the frame. A lesser team may have folded at that point, but Bryn Mawr is not that team. Over the final minutes of the period, the Owls were able to close the deficit to just six. Then, in the final quarter, Bryn Mawr truly went to work.
Chan and Elizabeth-Robertson continued their hot night with two more smooth jumpers to open the frame and make it a 41-37 game. A Patriots basket momentarily stopped their bleeding, but a six-point run from the Owls thanks to baskets by Veronica Roux and Chan tied things up at 43-all with just 6:32 left to play in the game.
Unfortunately for the Owls, that didn't last long, as on their very next possession, Valley Forge's Bailey Mayforth knocked down a deep three to give the visitors the lead once more. In fact, they would score the next six points in the frame, going up 49-43 with less than a minute to go. Even then, Bryn Mawr would not give up, as Chan would make a jump shot and Elizabeth-Robertson hit a free throw to get the Owls to 46. However, there was simply not enough time left for Bryn Mawr to complete that final comeback, and they ultimately fell short by a final score of 50-46.
The Owls will now look to rest up and regroup before they head back out to the court this weekend. Bryn Mawr is slated to travel to Penn State Brandywine on Saturday afternoon for another big game. The Owls have faced off against the Nittany Lions the past six years, and the two teams will look to continue their series on Saturday when things tip off at 1:00 on Brandywine's campus.