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Women's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

Women's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

This Week: The Trinity College women's basketball team finished the regular season last weekend and locked up the No. 4-seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament, qualifying for the post-season for the second consecutive season. The Bantams draw No. 5-seed Middlebury who will travel to Hartford for a Saturday afternoon showdown at Oosting Gymnasium with a trip to next weekend's semifinals on the line.   

Match-ups:
Trinity (19-5) v. Middlebury (18-6)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut

History versus Middlebury: Trinity is 11-15 versus the Panthers since the first-ever matchup during the 1993-94 season.

Last meeting against the Panthers: The Bantams and Panthers last squared off just a few weeks ago with Trinity coming away with a 59-55 victory on Senior Day. Trinity held Middlebury to a dismal, 3-of-20 mark from beyond the arc.  

Scouting the Panthers: Middlebury comes into the game with an 18-6 overall record but have lost four of its last five games, most recently a 72-62 setback versus Amherst to end the regular season. They are the second-best rebounding team in the NESCAC (44.6 rpg) and boast the league's top rebounding margin (14.3). The Panthers will be aiming for their first trip to the semifinals since 2013, as they pursue their first NESCAC title.

Game Notes:
- Trinity leads the NESCAC in three-point shooting (.372), is third in assists (15.9 apg) and in steals (9.4 spg), and is creating 17.8 turnovers per contest (3rd in NESCAC). The Bantams are holding opponents to a dismal 26.5% mark from beyond the arc (3rd in NESCAC) and are third in the conference with a +11.0 rebounding margin. Trinity is also the third-highest scoring team in the league (69.0 ppg). 

- Senior Courtney Erickson averaged 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last week. Erickson leads the team in scoring (12.2 ppg, T11th in NESCAC) and is tenth in the NESCAC in rebounding, averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. 

- Senior co-captain Erin Cunningham is third in the league in three-point shooting (.475, 5th in nation) and is third on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg). Classmate Becky Reifler is fifth in the NESCAC in three-point shooting (.425) while sophomore Allie Morin is fourth in the conference with a 2.4 assist to turnover ratio. Cunningham also appears in the top-ten in the conference in assists to turnover ratio (2.0). 

- Junior Peace Kabari ranks seventh in the league in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and leads the league in steals (2.5 spg). She also is second in the NESCAC in assists, dishing out 4.0 per contest. Kabari recorded 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks versus Bates on Friday. 

- First-year Bailey Hyland scored in double-figures in both games last weekend while shooting 64% from the field. Hyland also pulled down 7.5 rebounds per game and recorded a pair of steals in each contest as well.