Northampton, Mass. - The Trinity College women's basketball team dropped a non-conference matchup, 59-45, to the Smith College Pioneers on Wednesday night at Ainsworth Gymnasium in Northampton, Mass. The loss drops the Bantams to 11-6 overall while the Pioneers improve to 13-5 on the year.
Trinity was led by first-year Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) who came off the bench to score a team-high nine points and pull down six rebounds. Senior co-captain Kaitlin Lewis (Demarest, N.J.) added eight points to go along with four rebounds and three assists while sophomore Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) hauled in a team-high seven rebounds. Smith was paced by sophomore guard Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, B.C.) and junior forward Samantha Alakai (Pukalani, Hawaii) who both notched season-highs of 18 points. Sophomore forward Kennedy Guest-Pritchett (Fairburn, Ga.) registered her eighth double-double of the year with a 12 point, 10 rebound performance for the Pioneers. Smith held the Bantams to just 26.5 percent shooting from the floor.
Both teams came out of the gates firing as a jump shot by Trinity rookie Emily Peters (North Attleboro, Mass.) gave the visitors a 16-12 lead early, however Smith ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 17-16 lead after one. Despite the quick start for both sides, the second half slowed down noticeably as the two teams combined for only 14 total points. A jumper from Guest-Pritchett with 1:44 left to play in the second quarter opened up a 26-19 lead for Smith, its largest of the half.
After a free-throw by Kabari cut the deficit to six early in the third quarter, the Pioneers went on a 10-point run, powered by five points from Alakai. Bondi scored five of her own in a 45-second stretch to give the hosts an 18-point advantage with under a minute to play in the quarter. Trinity cut the Smith lead to ten after a pair of free throws by Peters with 7:20 left to play in the game, however the Bantams could not muster the comeback as Smith responded to open up a 19-point lead with 2:52 to play to put the game out of reach.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday when it plays host to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Amherst at 3 p.m.