Trinity Women's Basketball Holds On Against Hamilton

Allie Morin '21 scored seven points, dished three assists, and nailed the game-winning bucket from long range
Allie Morin '21 scored seven points, dished three assists, and nailed the game-winning bucket from long range

Hartford, Conn. - Senior co-captain forward Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) had 20 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.) scored the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 63-60 victory over the visiting Hamilton College Continentals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium.  Trinity improves to 11-2 overall and evens its NESCAC mark at 1-1, while the Continentals fall to 8-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.  The Bantams will visit top-ranked, NESCAC rival Bowdoin in their next game on Friday, January 11 at 7 p.m., while Hamilton hosts Wesleyan on Friday at the same time.

Trinity trailed, 60-58, after a bucket by Hamilton senior Halie Serbent (Killingworth, Conn.) at the three-minute mark.  Morin answered with a trey from the long wing to make it 61-60, and the teams combined for six turnovers and no field goals the redst of the way.  Hamilton earned a five-second call on a Trinity inbounds play with nine seconds left, only to throw the ball into the hands of Bantam junior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) while trying their inbounds play.  Morin was fouled but missed both shots, and Continental freshman guard Kelcie Zarie (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) was short on a drive on the right baseline with two seconds on the clock.  Trinity senior center Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) put the game away with two free throws to make the final score, 63-60.

Trinity had opened the game with eight straight points, but Hamilton scored the next eight and tied it on a Serbent triple with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter.  The Bantams scored 10 of the next 13 points to lead, 18-11, after one quarter.  Back-to-back three-pointers by freshman guard Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) and Cunningham gave Trinity its largest lead at 27-16 with 6:50 left in the first half, but Hamilton used an 11-0 run to go ahead, 29-27, with 1:23 on the clock.  Freshman forward Elizabeth Arnold (Westford, Mass.) scored six of the 11 Continental points during the spurt.  Junior guard Carly O'Hern (Jamesville, N.Y.) answered a traditional three-point play by Cunningham with a long ball in the final minute to give the visitors a 32-30 advantage at the break.

Trinity went ahead, 43-36, with 4:34 left in the third quarter on a steal and layup by Cunningham, but Arnold and O'Hern combined on to score the game's next nine points for a 45-43 Hamilton lead at the two-minute mark of the third.  Cunningham drilled one of her five long balls to give the Bantams a 46-45 lead after three periods, and opened the fourth quarter with another trey.  Senior center Mia Caterisano (Penfield, N.Y.) scored on a put-back to put Hamilton ahead, 52-52, with 6:31 on the clock, but Cunningham connected again from long range to tie the game at 54-all 1:06 later.  The teams traded buckets a few times, before Serbent gave Hamilton its last lead on a layup.

Trinity shot 63.2 percent from the field (12-19) and made five of its nine attempts from beyond the arc in the second half, while Hamilton was 1-for-10 from three-point land after halftime.  Each team committed 17 turnovers.  Kabari joined Cunningham in double figures in scoring for the Bantams with 13 points to go with seven boards, and five assists.  Serbent and O'Hern had 14 points each for Hamilton, while Arnold scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds, and senior guard Kendall Rallins (Matteson, Ill.) dished a game-high four assists.