Trinity Women's Basketball Loses To Williams In NESCAC Opener

Peace Kabari '20 had eight rebounds, six points, four assists, and three steals
Peace Kabari '20 had eight rebounds, six points, four assists, and three steals

Hartford, Conn. - The visiting Williams College Ephs scored 20 points in the third quarter to break open a tie game and defeat the Trinity College Bantams, 68-54, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium.  Trinity drops to 9-3 overall and 0-1 in the NESCAC, while the Ephs improve to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Trinity started strong, holding Williams scoreless for the first 3:06 and led, 10-2, at the 5:17 mark after a trey by sophomore forward Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.).  The Ephs outscored Trinity, 9-2, the rest of the quarter to cut the Bantam lead to one.  The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair, and Trinity led, 24-21, after a free throw by senior co-captain guard Kaitlin Lewis (Demarest, N.J.) with four seconds left, but Eph freshman guard Emily Chang (Newton, Mass.) hit a long trey from just over the half-court line as time expired for the first half.

Trinity led, 28-26, with 7:17 left in the third quarter after a steal and layup by first-year forward Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) but Williams scored the next seven points.  Freshman Angela Vecchiarelli (Agawam, Mass.) gave the visitors a 30-28 lead midway through the third quarter, and Williams maintained its lead the rest of the way.  Williams led, 44-32, after three periods and by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter, but the Bantams cut their deficit to single digits at 56-47 on a three-point bucket by sophomore guard Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) with 2:47 left to play.  Chang answered with a trey for the Ephs 14 seconds later and Trinity trailed by at least 10 points from that point on.

Junquet paced Trinity with 17 points and added four rebounds off the bench, while senior co-captain Sheena Landy (Durham, Conn.) had 10 points and five boards, and Kabari grabbed a team-high eight boards, scored six points, dished four assists, and made three steals.  Eph junior guard Amanni Fernandez (Queens, N.Y.) had a game-high 19 points, four rebounds, and three steals, while senior co-captain Devon Caveney (Andover, Mass.) added 18 points, and freshman center Emily Peckham (Howard Beach, N.Y.) came off the bench to pull down a game-high 10 rebounds.