Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) and sophomore guard Meghan Lewis (Demarest, N.J.) scored 11 points apiece to leads the Trinity College Bantams to a 52-50 win over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 14-8 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC while snapping a three-game losing skid. The Camels fall to 13-7 overall and 3-5 in the league with their first loss in three games. Connecticut College had beaten Trinity, 74-63, in Hartford two months ago.
Trinity trailed, 40-36, after three quarters thanks to a three-pointer by Camel sophomore guard Sami Ashton (Clinton, Conn.) at the end of the third. The Bantams scored the first five points of the fourth frame, taking a 41-40 lead on three free throws by junior guard Becky Riefler (Garden City, N.Y.), but found themselves behind, 44-43, with less than four minutes remaining on a free throw by Connecticut College senior center Mairead Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.). Trinity tied it on a Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) free throw and took the lead for good, 46-44, at the 3:26 mark on a put-back by Cunningham. Cunningham drilled her third trey of the game moments later to give the Bantams a five-point edge, but back-to-back jumpers by junior guard Caroline Pangallo (Fairfield, Conn.) and Hynes made the score, 49-48, with 1:12 on the clock.
Trinity went ahead by four points with 23 seconds left on another free throw by Erickson and two by rookie guard Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.), as steals from Erickson and Trinity sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.), her sixth swipe of the game, set up both trips to the line. Connecticut College made it exciting to the end, as guard Kylie Caouette (Ashburnham, Mass.) misfired on a three-pointer from well-beyond the top of the key, but grabbed her own rebound and scored down low with 10 seconds left. She was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, and the Camels got the rebound and launched another three-pointer that was also off the mark. Connecticut College was awarded the ball on a tie-up on the rebound, but Riefler stole the ball from Pangallo before the she could get off a final shot to preserve the win for the home squad.
The Camels had jumped out to a 7-0 lead early, including five points by Caouette, and led, 17-7, after the first frame when freshman guard Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) made a trey in the final seconds. Trinity erupted for 22 points in the second stanza, scoring the first 10 points on its way to a 16-2 run and a 23-19 lead at the three-minute mark. Lewis scored six of the 16 points on three jumpers. A long ball by Caouette put the Camels ahead, 24-23, with 2:16 on the clock, but sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) and Cunningham buried back-to-back triples in the final minute for a 29-26 Trinity lead at the half. Hynes gave Connecticut College its first lead of the second half at 37-36 on consecutive baskets late in the third quarter.
Trinity forced 22 turnovers and made 15 steals to offset at 36-to-30 rebounding deficit. Kabari notched seven points, a team-high seven rebounds, and a game-high seven assists in addition to her six steals, while Riefler added eight points, five boards, and three steals. Hynes paced Connecticut College in scoring with a game-high 15 points to go with six rebounds, while Caouette had 10 points, and junior forward Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) pulled down a game-high nine boards.