WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team traveled down to the nation's capital earlier Thursday night for a road game against Trinity Washington University. Despite a strong effort from Erica Dwyer, who led all scorers in the game with 21 points, the Owls were unable to get past the Tigers in a tough 43-61 loss. The hosts got 19 points off the bench from Takela Barnes and outscored Bryn Mawr 19-5 on second-chance opportunities, two of the biggest factors in their win on the night.
Trinity (6-6) started the game off right by getting three points the old-fashioned way from Blessing Hayes. The Tigers forward pulled down an offensive rebound and laid the ball back in, all while getting fouled. She then converted the free-throw, putting the hosts up three right out of the gate. However, she immediately returned the favor on the other end by fouling Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson, who was in the midst of sinking a jump shot. The talented freshman went on to sink her own free throw as well, and things were tied right back up at 3-3. In fact, that and-one helped lead Bryn Mawr on to their first lead of the game, as after a few defensive stops, fellow freshman Elizabeth Chan hit back-to-back layups to make it a 7-3 game. Even a Trinity timeout could not slow the Owls down early on, as a layup from Veronica Roux would give Bryn Mawr a six-point lead.
Over the remainder of the period, Trinity slowly started chipping away at that deficit. Trailing 11-5, the Tigers hit three straight three-pointers, putting the hosts back atop the scoreboard at 14-11. Dwyer earned a trip to the charity stripe and hit a pair of free throws to try to keep the Owls in striking distance, but Trinity closed the quarter on another five-point run to take a 19-13 lead into the break.
That run continued into the second quarter, as Trinity ultimately took a 22-13 lead in the early minutes of the period. Dwyer continued her efforts to keep Bryn Mawr close, making four free throws in less than a minute to get the Owls back within five. The margin remained in the single-digits throughout the rest of the half, as a Dwyer three-pointer with a little over a minute to go in the period made it a 34-25 game in favor of the hosts.
The Owls needed a big run in the third quarter to get some momentum back on their side, and they finally got that chance about midway through the frame. Another three-ball from Dwyer made it a 30-39 game in favor of Trinity. Then, after Bryn Mawr forced a turnover, the Owls worked the ball inside to Veronica Roux, and she was able to make a great move and earn a layup. A little later, Dwyer hit yet another three-pointer, making it a 35-41 game.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Owls would get on this night. Trinity closed out the third quarter and opened the fourth by putting together an 8-0 run. A free throw from Roux briefly stemmed the tide, but another 10-2 run completely put the game out of touch with Trinity holding a 59-38 lead. Dwyer would hit one more three, and Sarah Ledger got on the scoresheet with a free throw after a nice defensive rebound, but it was simply too little to affect what was ultimately a 61-43 win for the Tigers.
Dwyer's 21 points were her most since December 3rd against Washington College. It was her sixth game over twenty points this season. Elizabeth-Robertson added nine points for the Owls tonight, while Chan chipped in another seven. The Owls were able to hold Hayes, one of Trinity's leading scorers, to just 12 points on the night, but the bench points from Barnes and India Richey tipped the scales in favor of the Tigers on this evening.
The Owls will only get a one-day break from competition before they get right back in action. Bryn Mawr will return home to the Class of 1958 Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon for a game against Centennial Conference foe Dickinson. The Owls will tip off against the Red Devils at 2:00 PM on Saturday.