Patchogue, N.Y. - The Trinity College women's basketball team took a 41-19 lead into the half and never looked back, cruising to a 68-45 victory over the St. Joseph's (L.I.) College Eagles on Saturday afternoon on Long Island. The Bantams improve to 13-5 overall while St. Joseph's falls to 4-10. Trinity returns to action next Friday for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle at Williams College.
Trinity was led by junior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) and sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) who both posted nearly identical stat lines. The duo recorded 12 points, six rebounds and three steals each, while Erickson added a pair of blocks as well. Junior Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) chipped in eight points and two steals while rookie Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.) contributed eight points of her own off the Bantam bench. Trinity shot just under 43% from the floor and won the rebound battle, 43-32.
The Eagles were paced by Andrea Iavarone (Miller Place, N.Y.) who poured in a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Jennifer Gubell (Levittown, N.Y.) added seven points for St. Joseph's but the hosts turned the ball over 21 times and shot just 30.2% from the field in the loss.
The Bantams came out of the gates hot, going 10-for-19 in the opening quarter to open up a 24-12 lead after one. Kabari and Reifler combined for 16 of the team's 24 first quarter points. The second quarter proved to be much of the same as Trinity outscored St. Joseph's, 17-7, in the frame, thanks largely in part to five points off the bench by sophomore Emily Peters (North Attleboro, Mass.).
Trinity cruised in the second half, despite the Eagles allowing just ten fourth quarter points. The Bantams took their largest lead of the game with 8:06 remaining in the final frame and held on down the stretch for the victory.