Medford, Mass. - The Trinity College women's basketball team fell to the No. 6-ranked Tufts University Jumbos, 60-48, on Sunday afternoon in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at Cousens Gymnasium. The Bantams fall to 19-5 on the year and 6-4 in conference to conclude the regular season while Tufts improves to 22-2 and 8-2 in the NESCAC. Despite the loss, the Bantams have clinched a home game in next weekend's NESCAC Quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Trinity will host No. 5-seeded Middlebury which Trinity previously defeated, 59-55, earlier this year.
Senior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) netted a game-high 16 points and was 10-for-11 from the free throw line to lead the Bantams offensively. First-year Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) also finished in double-figures with 12 points, and added a team-high seven rebounds. Rookie Kaylen Campbell (Hillsborough, N.C.) and junior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) combined for 14 points.
Tufts was led by Jac Knapp who was 5-11 from the field to finish with 13 points, nine of which came in the second half. Erica DeCandido was second on the team with nine points and also recorded four assists while Molly Ryan pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
In the first two minutes of the game, Erickson scored three points off a jumper and a free throw after both teams had missed shots. The Jumbos then netted the next seven points off a three-pointer from junior Cailin Harrington, a layup from Knapp, and a jump shot from Katie Martensen. Trinity responded with a 5-0 run to cut the Jumbo lead to one. After a two-minute span with no points scored, Erickson scored four points, leading the Bantams to score six of the final 10 points of the frame as they took a 14-13 lead after one.
The Jumbo defense turned up the pressure defensively to open the second as they didn't allow a point over the first three minutes of the quarter. During that span, Ryan and Jeanette Wadolowski converted a pair of layups to take back the lead. Hyland sparked a 6-0 run as she connected on a jumper and a layup before the Jumbos responded with a 7-2 run of their own to take a 24-22 lead. The team's traded buckets over the final two minutes of the quarter with the Jumbos taking a 26-24 lead into the break.
Tufts outscored Trinity, 20-11 in the third quarter and took a 46-35 lead into the fourth. Ryan had a team-high six points and Erickson netted seven points in the third quarter. Tufts defense held Trinity to just 2-of-14 from the floor in the third. The Jumbo defense again set the tone early in the fourth quarter as they held the Bantams scoreless over the first four minutes of the frame. The Bantams came right back with an 11-2 run over a four minute stretch to get to within 11 points with 1:18 left. Tufts held strong, however, to come away with the double-digit victory.