Trinity Women’s Basketball Pulls Away Late For Win Over Salem State
Hartford, Conn. – Senior tri-captain guard Kaitlin Ciarleglio (Waterbury, Conn.) came within three assists of a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and a block to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 65-57 win over the visiting Salem State Vikings in women's basketball action on Ogrodnik Court at Oosting Gymnasium this afternoon. Trinity improves to 3-3 on the season, while Salem drops to 2-4 overall.
Trailing 6-4 early in the game, Trinity went on a 18-5 run to take a 20-11 lead, as senior tri-captain guard Michelle Royals (Torrington, Conn.) paced the Bantams with six of her 13 points in that span. Despite 0-11 long range shooting from Salem in the first half, the Vikings managed to close the gap to just three points by the intermission, 27-24, as senior Breanna Comeau (Amesbury, Mass.) and first-year Rachael Carter (Merrimack, N.H.) combined for 16 points in the first half. Trinity junior forward Heather Lyhne (Wethersfield, Conn.) hit a shot in the final seconds of the opening stanza to end the period on a high note for the Bantams.
Trinity maintained a slight lead early in the second half, but a pair of free throws by Carter tied the game, before junior Sandra Lanier (Groton, Mass.) gave the Vikings a 44-43 lead with 11:21 to play. The teams traded baskets, and when Trinity tried to pull away, Salem senior Tara Driscoll (Swampscott, Mass.) hit a three-pointer with just 3:39 on the clock to cut Trinity's lead to 56-55.
Trinity caught fire when they needed to most, closing the game on a 9-2 run, highlighted by a steal from Ciarleglio, which set up junior guard Carly Napier (Pittsford, N.Y.) for a clutch three-pointer, before Napier would return the favor, making a steal of her own and setting up Ciarleglio for a pair of free-throws. Napier would go to the line for the game's final two points, before Ciarlegio would block the final shot of the afternoon, as the tandem finished strong to seal the win for the Bantams.
Carter tied for the game-high mark of 17 points, and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Comeau finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the Vikings. Royals finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Napier tallied 13 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block, and first-year center Emily Dixon (Norwood, Mass.) finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bantams.