Big Second Half Leads Women's Basketball to Rout of Coast Guard

Big Second Half Leads Women's Basketball to Rout of Coast Guard

Hartford, Conn. - Senior Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) scored a game-high 19 points, including 17 in the second half, to help lead the Trinity College women's basketball team to an 80-44 victory over the Coast Guard Bears on Monday night at Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams held a narrow, 26-24 advantage at halftime, shooting just 9-of-34, but exploded for a 54-point second half to come away with the 36-point triumph. The win is Trinity's fifth in a row to start the year while Coast Guard falls to 3-5 overall. 

The Bantams opened the game on a 10-0 but Coast Guard stayed in it, cutting the deficit to 10-15 late in the quarter. Trinity, however, made it an eight-point lead on a jumper by junior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) to close out the quarter. Trinity went ice cold in the second quarter, shooting just 2-of-15 from the floor while committing five turnovers. Coast Guard took its first lead of the game, 22-18, on a hoop-and-harm by Emma Puddington (Castorland, N.Y.), but the Bantams responded in the form of a three-pointer by senior co-captain Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) as the hosts eventually reclaimed a two-point lead before the half.

The third quarter was all Trinity as the Bantams shot 12-of-15 while the Bears made just three buckets all quarter. After the 27-point third quarter, Trinity added another 27 points in the fourth quarter to complete the blowout. Coast Guard scored just 20 second half points as the Bantams forced 11 second half turnovers as well.

Reifler led Trinity in scoring, followed by Kabari with 12 and Cunningham with 11. Kabari also added five assists and two steals while Cunningham recorded six boards and five steals. Senior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) turned in nine points and a game-high eight rebounds and rookie Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) played well off the bench for Trinity, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two steals.

Coast Guard was led by Puddington who finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Annabella Farabaugh (Atlanta, Ga.) turned in 12 points off the bench for the Bears.

Trinity returns to action on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt at Johnson & Wales.