Women's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

Women's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

This Week: The Trinity College women's basketball team went 1-1 last week to move to 15-9 overall. The Bantams finished eighth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), qualifying for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the first time since 2014. The Bantams will travel to top-seeded and top-ranked Amherst on Saturday for a 2 p.m. quarterfinals matchup at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Match-up:
Trinity (15-9) at Amherst (24-0)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
LeFrak Gymnasium
Amherst, Massachusetts
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Amherst Series History: The Bantams are 16-27 against Amherst dating back to the first-ever matchup in the 1977-78 season.

Recent history against the Mammoths: Trinity fell, 49-31, to the Mammoths earlier this season in a defensive battle where neither side topped 33% shooting. 

Scouting the Mammoths: The two-time defending champions will host a quarterfinal round for the 11th consecutive season. Amherst is the top defensive team in the league, allowing 39.4 points per game and holding opponents to 28.4 percent shooting from the floor.  The Mammoths are 3-0 against Trinity in the NESCAC Championship series. The teams last met in the 2013 quarterfinals with Amherst posting an 80-34 victory.

Game Notes:

- Junior Courtney Erickson leads the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and is second in rebounding (6.1 rpg, 14th in NESCAC). Erickson finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor against Bates last weekend and also pulled down six rebounds. Erickson is shooting at a 42.6% clip this season.

- Sophomore Peace Kabari scored a season-high 19 points in Trinity's victory over Bates on Friday. The sophomore is one of four Bantams averaging double-figures at 10.2 points per game this year and is tied for sixth in the NESCAC with 2.1 steals per game, tenth in assists (3.0 apg) and fifth in offensive rebounding (2.7 orpg). 

- Junior Erin Cunningham shot 66.7 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from long range over the weekend, averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She is third in the NESCAC in field goal efficiency (.542) and leads the entire nation in three-point shooting (.557).

- Junior Becky Reifler pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds in Trinity's win over Bates on Friday. Reifler finished just three points shy of her first-ever double-double, finishing with seven points.

- Trinity is the fifth highest scoring team in the NESCAC, averaging 63.1 points per game, while holding opponents to just 57.3 points per contest. The Bantams are also third in the league in three-point shooting (.334) and allow the fourth-fewest rebounds to opposing teams per contest (33.3 rpg). Trinity also ranks third in the league in assists per game (14.0) and is holding opponents to 27.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.