BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was another close contest on the court for the Bryn Mawr basketball team earlier Friday night. The Owls stayed within single-digits of the visiting Trinity Tigers almost the entire game. Unfortunately, the Tigers were able to fend off every charge that Bryn Mawr made, ultimately coming away with a 71-56 win on the night. Senior Veronica Roux had a strong performance in her Senior Night game, pulling down eight rebounds and adding two steals in a great defensive showing. The Owls were led by 19 points from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson, while Erica Dwyer added 17 more. The Tigers got a 24-point performance out of Blessing Hayes, who also added 12 rebounds on the night to make a double-double.
Trinity (10-7) got off to a great start in tonight's game with a three-point bucket from Alyssa King just a few possessions in. As a matter of fact, the entire first quarter went the way of the Tigers, as they outscored Bryn Mawr (3-18) 14-2 in the frame to take a commanding lead at the break. Turnovers really hurt the Owls early, as the hosts coughed up the ball eight times in the first quarter alone. However, Bryn Mawr bounced back in a big way in the second period.
Elizabeth-Robertson notched a layup to open the Owls' scoring in the frame, and then Kara Breeden came up with a big play the very next possession. The sophomore guard pulled down a strong defensive rebound and pushed the ball down the court the other way. She made a great move around her defender, laying the ball in off the glass even while being fouled. Breeden would sink the ensuing free throw as well, completing the three-point play and getting the Owls back within single digits. The Tigers made a brief run after that, going back up by nine. Bryn Mawr would not be turned away, though, as Dwyer nailed her first three-ball of the night to make it a 20-14 game. Then, Elizabeth-Robertson split a pair of free throws, making it a five-point margin. Once again Trinity would close the half on a brief spurt, but Sanam Sheriff hit a layup with two seconds left in the half to send the teams into halftime with the Owls behind only by seven.
Bryn Mawr continued their comeback attempt right out of the gate in the second half. Elizabeth-Robertson continued to make great moves down the paint, getting around her defender once more and laying the ball in to make it 29-24. After a great defensive stop on the other end, the Owls worked the ball inside to Elizabeth Chan, who earned and converted a pair of free throws, making it a three-point contest.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr would get. Trinity made a run of their own to pull back ahead by 12. Bryn Mawr would climb back within five thanks to five points from Dwyer and a pair of free throws by Elizabeth-Robertson. However, in what would become a trend the rest of the game, every time the Owls were a basket or two away from tying the game, Trinity found another gear and managed to pull back away. The visitors went back up by nine, and then Bryn Mawr chopped the margin back down to five once again into the start of the fourth quarter. That would be the closest the Owls would get in that final quarter, however. Trinity ultimately stretched the lead out to 15, and then as high as 19, before some late baskets by Bryn Mawr closed things out at 71-56 in favor of the visitors.
The Owls will close out their homestand next week with one last game in the Class of 1958 Gymnasium. Bryn Mawr will host Ursinus College on Wednesday, with tipoff slated for 7:00 PM. The Owls will then travel to the University of Valley Forge on Saturday the 20th for their final game of the season.