Women’s Basketball Wins Defensive Battle at MCLA

Women’s Basketball Wins Defensive Battle at MCLA

Hartford, Conn. — The Trinity College women's basketball program made it five-straight wins Sunday afternoon, winning its final non-league contest of the season against MCLA, 43-31. The Bantams (14-4, 3-1 NESCAC) allowed just 31 points in the win, the second-least this season by an opposing team.

The game was originally scheduled for December 1 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. After a nail-biting win over Connecticut College Saturday afternoon, Sunday's contest allowed the Bantams to get one final tune-up before finishing the season with six straight NESCAC contests.

Senior Devan Walsh (Danvers, Mass.) led the Bantams Sunday afternoon, scoring a career-high 10 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Sophomore Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) matched Walsh with 10 points while grabbing eight boards in the win.

In a low-scoring, defensive battle, the Trailblazers (2-14) took advantage of Trinity's quick turnaround from Saturday and led 13-9 after the opening 10 minutes. The Bantams offense woke up in the second quarter, seeing a layup from senior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) followed by a jumper from just outside the paint by Walsh to tie the game. Walsh added two more buckets in succession, quickly giving Trinity a 17-13 lead with four minutes left in the half. Sophomore Elizabeth Althoff (Staten Island. N.Y.) buried a pair of free throws before Trailblazer Kaylah Langston knocked down a three, pulling the hosts within three. The Bantams saw a handful of opportunities late in the second half, and a free throw from first-year Maddie Stevens (Burlington, Conn.) sent Trinity into halftime with a 20-16 advantage.

First-year Bria Fuller (Springdale, Md.) knocked down a three-pointer to start the third quarter, getting Trinity's offense back in swing. Kabari and Hyland added layups of their own before MCLA first-year Brooke DiGennaro ended the 7-0 Bantam run with a three. After both teams struggled to knock down a shot in the third quarter, the hosts pulled as close as one point away from the lead, seeing layups from Langston and senior Erika Ryan. With five minutes remaining and a narrow lead, Althoff hit a free throw before putting home a layup to extend the lead to four. Hyland was put on the line twice, hitting all four from the charity stripe before two Walsh free throws made it 42-31. Trinity held the lead for the final three minutes, with first-year Naia Saddler (Boyds, Md.) icing the game with one final free throw in the closing minute.

Trinity will regroup and rest during the coming week before returning to action, hitting the road for a Friday contest at Middlebury. Game time against the Panthers is set for 7 p.m.