Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's basketball team could not overcome a 37-19 halftime deficit, eventually falling, 76-46, on Friday evening to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford. The loss drops the Bantams to 10-5 on the year and 0-3 in conference play while the No. 4-ranked Polar Bears remain atop the league standings with a perfect 15-0 overall record and 3-0 mark in NESCAC action.
Junior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) led the way for Trinity, scoring 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Erickson was the lone Bantam to tally double-digit points. Sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) added nine points, five boards and four assists while sophomore Emily Peters (North Attleboro, Mass.) chipped in six points off the bench. The Polar Bears boasted three players in double-figures, led by Abby Kelly (Bombay, N.Y.) who poured in a game-high 25 points. Kate Kerrigan (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) added 16 points and five steals while Lauren Petit (Medfield, Mass.) finished with 10 points for a Bowdoin squad that dished out 22 assists on the night and won the battle on the boards, 27-24.
Bowdoin forced 16 first half turnovers and shot over 45% from the field in the opening 20 minutes to take an 18-point lead into the half. Kelly had 13 first half points for Bowdoin who trailed for the game's opening 2:20 before taking a lead they would not relinquish. The Bantams shot 60% in the third quarter but could not overcome turnover troubles as Bowdoin finished the game with 32 points off of giveaways and outscored the hosts 21-10 in the final ten minutes.
The Bantams return to the court on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game against the Colby College Mules. Directly following the game, the team will host a free youth clinic open for all 2nd through 8th graders in attendance.