Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore Carly Napier (Pittsford, N.Y.) scored 22 points, connecting on five three-pointers, as the Trinity College Bantams pulled away from the Baruch College Bearcats with a 87-79 win in women’s basketball action tonight on Ogrodnik Court at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 14-10 overall, while Baruch falls to 20-5 on the year.
Trinity led 41-35 at the midway point behind a fast start from Emily Dixon (Norwood, Mass.) in her first career start at the college level. Dixon finished the first half with eight points and four rebounds, while junior Michelle Royals (Torrington, Conn.) chipped in with nine first half points.
Trinity pulled away from Baruch early in the second half, building their lead to as many as 21 points, but the Bearcats clawed their way back, cutting the lead to 11 points by the game’s final minute with a 25-17 run. Senior tri-captain Monique Salmon (Bronx, N.Y.) was just three rebounds shy of a triple-double for Baruch, finishing the game with 18 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. Junior tri-captain Folashade Akinde (Homewood, Ill.) also recorded a double-double for Baruch with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Trinity junior Kaitlin Ciarleglio (Waterbury, Conn.) overcame a tough shooting night to contribute in other ways, finishing the game with six points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. Royals finished the game with 19 points for the Bantams, while senior tri-captain guard Kristen Fahey (Cumberland, R.I.) sank three trifectas in the game.
The game was the last on home court for the Bantams, who travel to Amherst to take on the Lord Jeffs in the first round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament, this Sat., Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.