Cardinals Take Trinity Down to the Wire but Come up Short, 64-61, Followed by Setbacks to Amherst & Hamilton
Decided in the final minute of play, Trinity got a much-needed pair of free throws with :08 left while clinging to a 62-61 lead, and it provided the cushion Trinity needed to make that the final score in its NESCAC victory over Wesleyan Fri., Feb. 7. Kaylie Williams '16 put in a layup with :16 left to make it a one-point game after Wesleyan trailed by as many as eight late in the game (58-50, 4:44 to go). Wesleyan had opened the game on an 11-4 run to hold its largest lead 4:40 into the contest. The Bantams made up the difference and 36-31 margin before a pair of Williams free throws and a layup by Jenna Klaes '14 made it a 36-35 differential at halftime.
The Bantams never trailed in the second half though Miller Hartsoe '15 tied the game for the Cardinals with nine minutes remaining, 49-49. The triggered a 9-1 Bantam burst for the largest lead of the second half.
KellyAnn Rooney '14 (#11, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) and Klaes led the Cardinals in scoring with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Williams added nine points and six rebounds while Jackie Brown '16 also chipped in with nine points. Cherkira Lashley '15 had seven boards to pace the team.
The Cardinals closed out the NESCAC weekend Sat., Feb. 8 at Amherst. Weseyan faired better in this contest than at home Jan. 28 against the #11-ranked Lord Jeffs, but came away on the down side of a 51-39 decision. The teams took the turn with Amherst clinging to a slim 23-21 advantage. But an 11-1 start to the second half spotted Amherst a 34-22 margin with 13:37 left. The lead reached 15 before the Cardinals trimmed it to seven (45-38) with two minutes left. But the well ran dry as Amherst closed out the game with a 6-1 burst. Leading the Cardinals with 13 points was Williams while Brenna Diggins '17 came off the bench to pace the team on the glass with nine rebounds. Wesleyan limited Amherst to 27.7 percent shooting but was equally controlled, held to just 22.4 percent shooting.
Wesleyan started its regular-season finale NESCAC weekend at home Fri., Feb. 14 with Hamilton and will end it Sat., Feb. 15 vs. Williams in a game slated for a webcast. Against Hamilton, Wesleyan led 11-6 early on before hitting an 8:30 dry spell as the Continental ran off 13 straight for a 19-11 lead. The margin was 31-22 at halftime and a 14-5 surge by the visitors to begin the second period advanced the margin to 45-37 with 16 minutes left. Wesleyan got no closer than 12 the rest of the way en route to the 60-43 loss. Rooney led the team with 11 points and Diggins again was tops on the boards with eight.