PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr basketball team closed out their 2015-16 season earlier Saturday with a game at the University of Valley Forge. Looking for some revenge after a tough four-point loss at home to the Patriots earlier this season, the Owls instead fell into an early hole and could never really get going. Ultimately, Valley Forge protected home court with a 75-48 win thanks to 20+ point performances from both Bailey Mayforth and Jhanel Brown. Bryn Mawr got a strong 21 point effort out of Erica Dwyer and another 16 from Elizabeth Chan to lead the way.
Valley Forge (14-10) got off to a fast start thanks to three free throws and two layups right out of the gate. A layup from Chan helped Bryn Mawr (3-20) end that run momentarily, but the Patriots would still pull away to an early 10-2 lead. A jumper from Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson and a pair of free throws from Chan cut the Owls' deficit to four, but Valley Forge closed the quarter on a six-point run to take a 16-6 lead after one frame.
The hosts would really put the game away with a huge run out of the gates in the second period. The Patriots hit three three-pointers on their first four possessions of the quarter to help spark a 16-2 run, making it a 32-8 lead for Valley Forge with just five minutes left to play in the half. Bryn Mawr tried to battle back, but they were only able to make up one point on their deficit over the remaining five minutes of play as the Patriots carried a 42-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Bryn Mawr did put in a strong effort in the third quarter, outscoring Valley Forge 12-10 in the frame. Chan hit back-to-back baskets, followed by a free throw from Roux to get the scoring started. Then, Dwyer nailed a three-pointer and hit a layup on back-to-back possessions to get Bryn Mawr to the fourth quarter trailing by a 52-31 margin. Valley Forge sealed their victory in thr fourth quarter, however, as they outscored Bryn Mawr 23-17 in the frame to claim the win.
Bryn Mawr closes the season having improved their record by two wins over last year's campaign. They'll look to continue making strong strides forward next season as they lose just one senior to graduation, albeit the strong presence of senior captain Veronica Roux.