Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) and juniors Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) and Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) all finished in double-figures while fellow junior Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Trinity College women's basketball team to a 70-50 victory over the Bates College Bobcats on Friday night at Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams improve to 15-8 overall and 3-6 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while the Bobcats fall to 7-17 on the year and 1-9 in conference action. Trinity returns to the hardwood on Sunday for a 2 p.m. matchup versus Tufts at home for Senior Day.
Kabari led all scorers with 19 points while Erickson finished with 18 and Cunningham with 14. Reifler finished just three points shy of a double-double as she poured in seven points while rookie Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.) dished out a game-high six assists. The Bobcats were paced by Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) who scored 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and added seven boards. Trinity held Bates to just 35.2% shooting from the floor while winning the battle on the boards, 37-23.
Cunningham caught fire to start the game, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the first quarter, all via three-pointers. Trinity opened a 17-11 lead with 1:25 left to go in the opening quarter before a triple by Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) with 23 seconds left cut the deficit to three.
Both teams played a back-and-forth second quarter before Trinity found themselves ahead by five, 36-31, at the half. The Bantams once again took a seven-point lead on a layup by Erickson with 5:20 to go in the quarter, but Bates stuck around. A three-pointer by Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) with 40 seconds remaining before the half made it 36-31 which would stand at the break. Bates shot 6-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half to keep things close, led by Davenport who had nine first-half points.
Trinity pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats, 18-10. Trinity's defense held Bates to just 4-of-14 from the field in the third and shot 72.7% themselves. Reifler scored all seven of her points in the third frame while Kabari added five to lead the way. Morin went coast to coast and sank a layup to beat the buzzer as Trinity entered the final quarter with a comfortable lead. The fourth quarter proved much of the same as Kabari scored 10 points in the game's final ten minutes to help lead the Bantams to the 20-point victory.