In a game characterized by numerous scoring streaks, visiting Trinity had two of the last three, including a final 12-3 run to end the game en route to a 60-48 win over Wesleyan in the opening NESCAC game for each squad Fri., Jan. 14. Wesleyan finished its NESCAC weekend by hosting Little Three rival Amherst Sat, Jan. 15, and fell to the Lord Jeffs, 80-30.
There were nine distinctive scoring runs during the game vs. Trinity. An 11-2 margin by Trinity from the 10:13 mark of the second half to the 6:02 mark broke a 37-37 deadlock and gave the Bantams the lead for good with their 48-39 edge. Though Wesleyan scored the next six points to get as close as three, 48-45, with 4:16 to go, the Bantams then went on the decisive run and wrapped up the victory down the stretch. Trinity’s final seven points came from the line.
The first half was characterized by four unique streaks, the heartiest of which was a 14-0 run by the Bantams over a four-minute span to erase a 14-7 deficit and put Trinity ahead 21-14 with 2:41 left. Wesleyan ended the period with a 6-2 stretch to narrow the halftime margin to 23-20. Trinity had led 6-2 after 4:30 of play, only to go scoreless for nearly eight minutes while Wesleyan collected nine points for an 11-6 lead. Eileen Gaffney '12 and Sam LaCroce '12 each canned a pair of buckets during the 9-0 Cardinal streak. Gaffney led Wesleyan with 14 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double. LaCroce finished with 12 points. Trinity had a sizeable 32-13 advantage in rebounding during the opening 20 minutes but Wesleyan countered it with a 12-3 edge in turnovers. The game ended with Trinity ahead on the boards, 50-34. Turnovers favored the Cardinals, 24-16.
Things did not go well for the Cardinals in a rematch from 10 days earlier against top-ranked Amherst. Amherst scored the game's first 12 points, blew out to a 32-6 advantage and never looked back in piling up the largest margin of victory in the 70-game history of the series, which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The score was 41-12 at intermission and continue to mount in the second half. LaCroce was the top scorer and rebounder for the Cardinals with seven points and six rebounds.
Ahead for the squad is a trip to Middlebury and Williams for the second NESCAC weekend of the season. Wesleyan faces the Panthers Fri., Jan. 21 and the Ephs Sat., Jan. 22.