Bronx, N.Y. - Senior co-captain Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, her first double-double of the season, to help lead the Trinity College women's basketball team to a 59-39 victory over Lehman College on Friday in the first game of the CUNYAC Coaches v. Cancer Tournament, hosted by the Lightning. The Bantams pick up their ninth-straight win to improve to 9-0 in the team's first game after a 20-day layoff due to the holidays. Lehman falls to 1-8 on the year. Trinity plays DeSales University tomorrow in the tournament's championship game at 1 p.m.
Cunningham led Trinity with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting while senior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) also turned in a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Rookie Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) added nine points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench for a Bantam squad that won the rebound battle, 53-30.
Lisa Fields (Bronx, N.Y.) led Lehman with a game-high 28 points on a 12-of-35 shooting performance while Khadijah Sangare (New York, N.Y.) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. The Bantams held the Lightning to a 16-of-50 clip as a team and forced 11 turnovers.
Both teams struggled to light up the scoreboard early in the first quarter as Lehman held a 6-5 lead with just 2:41 left in the first frame. Back-to-back layups from Cunningham and Erickson put Trinity ahead, 9-8, before Hyland capped the quarter with a jump shot with seven seconds left to put the Bantams ahead, 12-8.
Trinity outscored the hosts, 16-6, in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead into the half. Cunningham scored eight points in the second half, including two three-pointers, as the Bantam defense limited the Lightning to just two field goals in ten attempts.
The second half proved much of the same as Trinity opened up a 21-point lead at the end of the third quarter. The Bantams cruised in the fourth to come away with the 20-point victory and reach their second tournament championship game this winter.