Williamstown, Mass. - The Trinity College women's basketball team dropped a 52-44 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle at Williams College on Friday night at Lasell Gymnasium. Williams improves to 11-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play while the Bantams fall to 13-6 overall and 1-4 in the NESCAC. Trinity returns to action on Sunday for a 2 p.m. showdown at Middlebury.
Sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) led Trinity with 13 points while junior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bantams. Sophomore Meghan Lewis (Demarest, N.J.) added eight points, three assists and two rebounds for the visitors who shot just 28.6 percent from the floor in the game. Williams was led by sophomore Emily Chang (Newton, Mass.) and first year Mikaela Topper (Cupertino, Calif.) who combined for 21 points off the bench while Lauren Vostal (Manasquan, N.J.) finished with a game-high nine boards. Trinity forced 20 Eph turnovers but was outrebounded, 48-38, on the night.
The Ephs held a 32-26 halftime lead after jumping out to a 9-0 lead, and held a 21-14 lead after one quarter. Chang scored 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the three-point line in only seven minutes of action to start things off for Williams. Trinity clawed its way back into the contest and cut the deficit to only three when Erickson banged home a foul line jumper with 2:28 to go in the first quarter. After Vostal made a lay-up off a steal by Gabby Martin (Madison, Conn.), Erickson put home her own lay-in to make it a 17-14 game. The Ephs closed the quarter with a Chang triple from the top of the key and a late foul shot from the sophomore, then opened the second quarter with another three-ball, this one from the left corner, by Chang, for their biggest lead of the game at 24-14 with 8:45 remaining in the half.
The Bantams came within four points twice early in the third quarter, but could never inch closer than that. With 10 minutes left to play, the Ephs inbounded the ball from underneath the basket and Ammani Fernandez (Corona, N.Y.) hit a fallaway jumper at the buzzer for a 40-32 lead. With 7:20 remaining, Kabari drilled a three from the top of the key to make it a 44-39 contest. Later, off a Trinity miss, Topper followed with a driving lay-up off the right side to push the Ephs' lead back to seven. With 4:09 to go, Fernandez came up with a steal and sank a pull-up jumper for a nine-point Williams lead as the Ephs would hold on down the stretch to come away with the eight-point victory.