Hartford, Conn. — Senior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) became the 11th player in program history to score 1,000 points Friday night, as the Trinity College women's basketball team came back from 20 points down, nearly pulling off the upset before ultimately falling to #6 Amherst, 58-53. The Bantams (15-8, 4-5 NESCAC) saw a 20-point deficit at halftime, cutting it down to as little as seven before the Mammoths (20-3, 7-2 NESCAC) put the game out of reach.
Kabari was plagued with foul trouble early, picking up two in the opening minutes of the first quarter and another before halftime. Needing just 10 points to hit the milestone, she knocked down a mid-range jumper with 4:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to single digits.
Trinity first-year Bria Fuller (Springdale, Md.) led all scorers with a game-high 27 points, including four-of-seven from beyond the arc to pace the Bantam offense. Amherst guard Hannah Fox finished the evening with a team-high 23 points, playing all 40 minutes and shooting 8-17 from the floor. Sophomore Katie Kirsch (Pelham, N.H.) led the Bantams on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds while swatting away three shots.
After trailing 38-18 at halftime and seeing a handful of players in foul trouble, the hosts flipped the switch in the second half; allowing just 20 Mammoth points — nine in the third quarter — Trinity started to chip at the lead early in the fourth. A three from Fuller made it a 49-39 game with seven minutes left. After trading baskets through the middle of the frame, Kabari's thousandth point with four minutes remaining knocked it down to 51-43. After a Dani Valdez layup, another Fuller bomb made it 53-46 with just over 1:30 remaining. The Bantams had several opportunities with the ball late in the game, but stout Amherst defense and key free throws gave the #6 Mammoths a 58-53 victory.
Trinity wraps up its regular season slate Saturday afternoon, playing host to Hamilton. The game will serve as Trinity's senior day, with tip-off slated for 3 p.m.