Hartford, Conn. - After being down by one at the half, the Trinity College women's basketball team outscored the Dean College Bulldogs, 46-27, in the second half on its way to a 74-56 victory on Tuesday night at Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 10-4 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 6-4 on the year. Trinity will look to carry its momentum into Friday when the Bowdoin College Polar Bears come to town for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest at 7 p.m.
After shooting just over 21% from the floor in the opening quarter, the Bantams responded to finish the evening at a 44.6% clip. Trinity was led by sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) who poured in 16 points on a 7-of-11 shooting effort to go along with seven assists and a pair of steals. Junior Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) dropped in 15 points, highlighted by a trio of threes, and six boards, while sophomore Meghan Lewis (Demarest, N.J.) was Trinity's third double-digit scorer with 13 points. Junior Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) and rookie Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.) scored nine points each to combine for 18 while Reifler led the squad with eight rebounds and added five assists.
Dean was paced by Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass.) who had 15 points, three assists and two steals, and Shannon Rosensteel (Sunrise, Fla.) who also had 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double. Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) added 10 points off the bench for the Bulldogs who were held to 38.1% shooting from the floor.
Both teams struggled in the opening quarter as Trinity held an 8-7 lead after the first ten minutes of action. The second quarter opened up a bit as the Bulldogs took a one point, 29-28 lead into the break. Rosensteel scored eight of her 15 points in the second frame and capitalized on four Bantam turnovers. The Bantams opened up a 20-14 lead on a pair of free throws by Lewis but the Bulldogs responded with an 8-2 run to tie things at 22-22. With 1:57 remaining before halftime, Pina drilled a three-pointer to take a 27-24 lead before Sophia Church (Rochester, Mass.) followed that up with a layup on the following possession to make it 29-24. Layups by Morin and Lewis cut the deficit to one at the half for Trinity.
The Bantams started the second half on a 9-0 run and never looked back en route to the 19-point victory. Rosensteel ended the run with a layup at the 7:17 mark in the third quarter but Trinity's halftime adjustments proved to be too much. With the score 42-36, Trinity ended the quarter on a 16-2 run to open up a commanding 20-point lead after three. The Bantams held on throughout the fourth quarter as seven different players recorded buckets in the final ten minutes of play.