Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's basketball senior tri-captain Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) was honored as the 2019-20 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-NESCAC Second Team, while Bantam first-year guard Bria Fuller (Springdale, Md.) was honored as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Trinity, led by Head Coach Emily Garner (4th Season), finished the season with a 16-9 overall record and tied with Hamilton for fifth place in the NESCAC with a 5-5 conference mark. The Bantams qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament, falling at Williams, 65-56, in the quarterfinals. Both Kabari and Fuller are the first in program history to win their respective awards.
Kabari shot 45.5 percent (7th in NESCAC) from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range, and 71.2 percent from the foul line while averaging a team-high 13.0 ppg (13th in NESCAC) in her third season as a starter on the wing this winter. She led the Bantams in early every statistical category, including rebounding at 7.2 per game (T5th in NESCAC), assists at 2.4 per game, steals at a NESCAC-best 2.9 per game, and blocks at 0.8 per game. Kabari played in all 25 games with 22 starts, was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week once, made the all-tournament teams in the Trinity Tip-Off Tournament, and notched 27 points and seven rebounds in the NESCAC Quarterfinals this winter.
In her fine career, Kabari averaged 10.7 ppg and became Trinity's 11th 1,000-point scorer with 1,050 total points (10th all-time at Trinity), while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and 70.7 percent from the foul line. She totaled 639 rebounds (10th all-time at Trinity), 275 assists (T8th all-time at Trinity), 234 steals (4th all-time at Trinity), and 72 blocks (4th all-time at Trinity) in 98 games and 72 starts. Kabari is the only Bantam in history to amass over 1,000 points, over 600 rebounds, over 275 assists, and over 200 steals in her career. She is also an All-American shot-putter for Trinity's outdoor track and field squad, and received a Robert R. Bartlett Award from the college for her combined excellence in athletics and commitment to campus and community service in 2019. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Kabari is majoring in economics at Trinity. She is the daughter of Kornebari and Monday Kabari.
Fuller finished second on the Bantams in scoring as a rookie guard, averaging 12.4 ppg while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.0 percent from the foul line. She also grabbed 3.8 rebounds per game and totaled 34 assists and 31 steals while starting all 25 games. Fuller is a graduate of the Academy of the Holy Cross and is the daughter of Brandy and Jamal Fuller.