Northfield, Vt. - Sophomore forward Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) dropped in a career-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 63-48 win over the Bridgewater State University Bears in the opening round of the Ed Hockenbury Women's Basketball Invitational at Norwich University this evening. Trinity improves to 3-1 with its third victory in a row and its first-ever win over the Bears, while Bridgewater State drops to 2-3. The Bantams will face the host Cadets in the Hockenbury Finals tomorrow at 3 p.m. Bridgewater plays Maine-Augusta tomorrow in the bthird-place game.
Bantam sophomore Rebecca Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) added 17 points and six rebounds while classmate Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) chipped in 11 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting off the bench. Senior guard Stephanie DeSantis (Walpole, Mass.) paced the Bears with 14 points, alongside classmate Jennie Lindland (Edgartown, Mass.) who scored 11, however Trinity dominated Bridgewater State on the glass, out-rebounding them 41-26. Despite a 4-for-14 shooting effort in the first quarter, the Bantams shot nearly 45% from the field as a team and limited the Bears to just 35% from the floor.
13 of Erickson's 20 points came in the second half after both teams entered the break tied at 23 apiece. Trinity ended the third quarter on a 14-4 run to open up an 11-point lead heading into the final frame but Bridgewater did not go down without a fight.
Five straight points by DeSantis to start the fourth quarter trimmed Trinity's lead to six before a layup by Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) coupled with four straight points by Erickson ended the threat. A pair of free-throws by junior guard Aubree Udell (Chester, N.J.) followed by buckets from Junquet and Reifler gave the Bantams a 16-point lead with just over three minutes to play. Trinity cruised the rest of the way to advance to tomorrow's championship game against the host Cadets.