Hartford, Conn. - First-year Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals to pace the Trinity College women's basketball team to a 63-43 victory over the Coast Guard Academy in Trinity's home-opener on Monday night in Hartford. The Bantams outscored the Bears 38-17 in the second half after entering the half down a point to improve to 5-1 overall while Coast Guard falls to 2-5 on the year.
Sophomore guard Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and a pair of steals off the bench for the Bantams while classmate Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) matched Kabrari's point total of 14 despite being in foul trouble for much of the evening. Senior captain Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.) provided a spark for the Bantams as she pulled down eight boards, dished out seven assists and had three steals. Junior Gill Gerton (Lorton, Va.) led the way for Coast Guard, finishing with team-highs of 12 points and six rebounds. Johanna Moolenaar (Denver, N.C.) chipped in seven points off the bench for the Bears as well. Neither team reached the 40% mark shooting however the Bantams out-rebounded the Bears, 39-26, and committed six less turnovers.
Coast Guard took an early 10-5 lead in the first quarter but five-straight points by Trinity point guard Aubree Udell (Chester, N.J.) tied the score with less than a minute to play in the first frame. Kabari drained a jumper with 26 seconds left to give the hosts a two-point lead at the first break. The second quarter saw Coast Guard jump out to a 26-16 lead but a 9-0 run to end the half brought Trinity within one as the teams entered the locker rooms. A three-pointer by Kabari ignited the run, followed by free throws from Junquet and junior center Emily Llerena (New Milford, Conn.) sandwiched around a layup by Landy made up the run.
Junquet broke it open in the second half as she stole the ball and drove the length of the floor for layups on back-to-back possessions. After a jump shot by Moolenaar to give Coast Guard back the lead, four-straight points by Erickson and another layup by Junquet gave Trinity the lead for good as they held the Bears to just nine points in the fourth quarter en route to the 20-point win.
Trinity returns to action on Thursday when they host Salve Regina at 7 p.m.