Hartford, Conn. - Senior Kristin Degou (Newburyport, Mass.) led all scorers with 24 points, including 16 in the first half, and added six rebounds, three assists, and four steals to lead the visiting Keene State College Owls to a 66-50 win over the Trinity College Bantams in women's basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity falls to 2-1 with the loss in its home opener, while the Owls, ranked No. 22 in the nation, improve to 4-0.
Keene State never trailed, although neither team scored for the opening four minutes of the game, racing out to a 34-19 lead at the break. Trinity made just eight field goals in 25 attempts in the first half, while the Owls used five three-pointers in nine tries to build its advantage. Trinity closed to with eight points in the second half thanks to 10 second-half points by sophomore guard Michelle Royals (Torrington, Conn.), but finished 5-for-19 from long range and 21-for-57 from the field overall in the defeat. The teams combined for 41 turnovers.
Royals also dished out a game-high five assists, while senior tri-captain center Christine Card (Waterbury, Conn.) grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots, and joined Royals as the Bantam double-digit scorers with 10 apiece. Senior forward Nicole Simmler (Oxford, Mass.) recorded 13 points and a game-high 12 boards, while senior guard Alyssa Sapp (Hartford, Vt.) added 15 points, four assists, and three steals.