Lewiston, Maine – The Trinity College women’s basketball program trailed by just two points with 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the Saturday afternoon comeback, falling on the road to Bates, 54-50. The Bantams (15-7, 4-4 NESCAC) return to action inside Oosting Gymnasium next weekend and will look to get back to its winning ways, while the Bobcats (12-10, 3-5 NESCAC) pick up its ninth home win of the season.
First-year Madison Stevens (Burlington, Conn.) paced the Bantams with 12 points and sophomore Elizabeth Althoff (Staten Island, N.Y.) added 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) tallied nine points off the bench to go along with nine rebounds of her own.
The first two quarters were both decided by a single point, with Bates taking a 24-22 lead into halftime despite a one-point Bantam lead early in the second quarter. The hosts held a seven-point lead for most of the third quarter until Stevens split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left, cutting the Bobcat edge to six entering the final 10 minutes of action.
The Bantams opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run, tying the game at 39 after an and-one from Stevens and a free-throw by Althoff. Later on, senior Melanie Binkhorst made the score 50-43, seeming to put the game out of reach. Senior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) answered with a layup of her own with 2:12 remaining before the Bantams made a handful of crucial couple stops, inching closer and closer via success at the free throw line. Trinity made 14-19 from the line compared to 8-9 for Bates.
A layup from first-year Bria Fuller (Springdale, Md.) with 36 seconds remaining made it a 52-50 game, with Bates needing to get the ball across midcourt to secure a chance to seal the deal. With 16 seconds left, a Bobcat turnover gave Trinity the ball back, but a missed layup with 12 seconds left and a defensive rebound secured the win for the hosts.
Trinity returns home next Friday, playing two final regular season contests; Friday night’s bout against Amherst is slated for 7 p.m.