MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After a six-game span without a home game, the Wesleyan women's basketball team's return to Silloway Gymnasium was spoiled by Trinity in a 77-58 loss on Friday night. The Cardinals (8-7, 0-3) led by as many as eight points late in the first quarter, but a decisive 9-0 Trinity (12-4, 2-1) run to end the opening stanza set the tone for the remainder of the Bantam's 19-point road win.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Trailing 8-7, Wesleyan scored eight unanswered points capped by a three from Maddie Clark to make it 16-8 with 2:27 remaining in the opening quarter.
- The Cardinals maintained the lead, making it 18-10 when Caleigh Ryan converted a pair of free throws with 1:41 showing on the clock.
- The Bantams responded with an 11-0 run to close out the first stanza with a one-point edge (19-18). Peace Kabari tallied seven points during the stretch for Trinity
- The lead changed hands seven times throughout the second quarter, but an 8-2 spurt gave the visitors a 35-30 advantage heading into intermission.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Out of the break, the Bantams extended the lead to 40-30 just 36 seconds into the half, sparked by a thee from Bailey Hyland.
- The Trinity advantage grew to as many as 14 points before Wesleyan went on a 14-4 run to cut the deficit to 48-44 with 4:14 left in the third quarter. Ryan and Clark accounted for all of Wesleyan's points during the stretch.
- The Bantams responded with a 6-2 spurt to close out the third stanza with a 54-46 lead.
- In the fourth, Trinity held onto its double-digit lead for the majority of play. The Cardinals were forced to foul late, but Trinity converted 5-6 free throws to solidify the 77-58 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ryan earned her third double double of the year, scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds, to go along with five assists, two blocks and two steals. She has now reached double figures in scoring in six-straight contests and has had at least 19 points in three-straight games.
- Clark matched her career-high with 18 points, as she buried a trio of three-pointers in each half (6-for-13 3FG for the game). Clark's six three-pointers on the evening also ties her career-high.
- Kabari tallied a game-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. Hyland added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Bria Fuller netted 15 for the Banatams.
- Of Wesleyan's 64 field goal attempts on the evening, more than half (37) came from behind the three-point line.
- Wesleyan is back in action when it heads to Connecticut College on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.