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Peters Leaves Trinity Women's Basketball Much Better Than She Found It

Peters Leaves Trinity Women's Basketball Much Better Than She Found It

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's basketball senior tri-captain center Emily Peters (North Attleboro, Mass.) looks back fondly on her recently-completed career with the Bantams.  Peters was a four-year contributor down low for Trinity, known for her consistent defense and reliable jumper.  Coached by Emily Garner (4th Season), Trinity enjoyed another fantastic season with a third-straight appearance in the New England Small College Atheltic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament. 

The Bantams posted a 16-9 overall record, including an 80-62 victory over Stevens that saw Peters score 10 points and grab seven rebounds.  She was a key part of the rotation down the stretch of her final season, as Trinity won, 65-54, at Middlebury in her first career start.  The 2019-20 campaign ended in late February with a 65-56 loss in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at Williams College. 

“This year’s team was special because it was a combination of many unique personalities that when working together, challenged each other to be better every day,” said Peters.  "I would describe our program as hard-working, dedicated and like a family." 

This year’s Bantam squad was very different than some of the teams in the past due to the depth the skill level on the roster. There were 11 players who averaged at least eight minutes per game.

Peters commented, “I think that a large part of what made our team successful this year was that every night, many different players were likely to step up and have important contributions for us. Everyone on our team was so capable and each brought various specific strengths, which is very hard to beat.  Our team tries to stress that one’s role is to do whatever it takes to help the team be our best and win. While the description of what that looks like might be different during each game, all efforts are equally important to helping us win as a united group.”

The women’s basketball squad also had a great group of veteran leaders, Peters and fellow senior tri-captains Peace Kabari and Devan Walsh, to guide and set the expectation by example.

"As captains this year, we believed in leading by example both on and off the court, by modeling the standards by which we expected our team to operate.  Whether it was making sure to be counting in every drill or communicating with purpose every possession, putting away the basketballs after practice, cleaning up the bus on away trips, staying after and getting extra shots up, displaying a positive and respectful attitude, giving maximum effort every rep, etc.”

Peters has always been especially useful on the defensive side of the ball, and has excelled as a shot blocker throughout her career.  While the rest of her game and her life eventually made the adjustment from the high school to the college level, Peters could always rely on her consistent defense as a way to help the Bantams.

"In addition to the change in skill level from high-school to college, there was also the adjustment to my new academic schedule and the large time commitment devoted to basketball both in and out of season."

Majoring in neuroscience, Peters was especially delighted with Trinity’s location during the college search process.  The proximity to Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center was ideal since she planned to pursue a career in healthcare. Next year she will be working as a certified nursing assistant before she plans to apply to graduate school and fulfill her long-time goal of becoming a physician's assistant.

Peters added, "One of the main focuses of the Trinity women’s basketball program is to leave a place better than how you found it’.

By these standards, Peters' career can described no other way than as a huge success.