HARTFORD, Conn. – Olivia Gorman scored a season-high 25 points and Tara Berger recorded a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, but the Wesleyan University women's basketball team came up short on the road Friday night against in-state NESCAC rival Trinity, 80-76.
The Cardinals got within two, down 78-76 with 24 seconds remaining, but were unable to score the rest of the way as the Bantams sealed the win at the foul line. With the loss, Wesleyan is now 12-9 overall and 3-5 in the NESCAC. Trinity improved to 17-4 and 4-3.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan came out strong, jumping out to an 8-0 lead with two 3-pointers from Gorman and Caleigh Ryan.
- The Bantams slowly cut into the deficit and with 4:06 on the clock, a layup by Kaylen Campbell capped off an 11-2 run as Trinity took its first lead.
- After some back-and-forth action, Peace Kabari hit one from deep to give the home team a 19-18 advantage after one.
- Both teams struggled to score early on in the second quarter.
- Trinity led the whole way despite Wesleyan getting within one several times.
- The Cardinals held the Bantams scoreless for the final 1:42 and a 3-pointer by Marina Petruzzi with 58 seconds on the clock cut the deficit to one as Trinity led 34-33 at the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Early in the third quarter, Ava Tompkins hit one from behind-the-arc to give Wesleyan a 39-36 lead.
- Less than two minutes later, a layup by Ryan extended the Cardinals' lead to five. However, Trinity responded with a 10-0 run to go ahead 48-43 with 4:48 to go in the third.
- The Bantams led the rest of the way until a 3-pointer by Gorman with 0:07 on the clock tied the game at 56 entering the fourth quarter.
- Wesleyan regained a lead at the 8:24 mark following a jumper by Berger to go ahead 60-58. However, it proved to be the Cardinals' last lead of the game.
- With 6:14 remaining, a pair of free throws by Kabari gave Trinity a 69-63 advantage.
- Wesleyan later trailed by seven, 76-69 with 1:03 to play, but rallied with a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to two with 24 seconds on the clock.
- Trinity did not allow another point by the Cardinals, however, as it held on for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Four players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan as Ryan and Petruzzi finished with 14 and 11, respectively. Ryan also recorded eight rebounds and three assists, and Berger added three steals and two assists to her double-double.
- Kabari finished with game-highs of 28 points, five assists, and three steals, while Bailey Hyland dropped 14 off the bench. Katie Kirsch finished with seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds, and Allie Morin added five assists as well.
- Friday's game featured eight ties and seven lead changes. Both teams were excellent from the free throw line as the Cardinals went 19-24 and Trinity finished 27-36.
- The Cardinals had a late addition to the schedule and will host Vermont Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. in their regular-season home finale.