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TRINITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's basketball team had one of its most successful seasons in recent memory in 2018-19, posting a 19-6 overall record and reaching the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament as the No. 4 seed. Trinity's 19 wins are the most since the 1999-00 season when the team went 22-5 while the Bantams hosted a NESCAC Quarterfinals game for the first time since 2014. The team's season came to an end in the quarterfinals versus Middlebury but after a year that saw multiple records fall and a return to the post-season for the second consecutive winter, the Bantams have plenty to look forward to for next year.

The Bantams started the season on fire, winning their first nine games of the season including a season-opening tournament at home. The Bantams reached the title game of the CUNY Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in late December where they lost to DeSales for their first loss of the season, but bounced back with a 90-26 drubbing of Sarah Lawrence on December 31st to close out the 2018 calendar year with a 10-1 record. After starting the month of January with a 1-2 record, the team responded with four-straight wins to move to 14-3 before ultimately closing out the regular season by winning four of its last five games.

Courtney Erickson '19

In the quarterfinals versus Middlebury, Trinity fell, 75-71, after previously having beat the Panthers by four towards the tail-end of the regular season. Trinity junior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) led all scorers with 28 points, sinking 10 of her 20 shot attempts, but the Bantams could not overcome a 34.8% shooting performance as a squad. Senior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) added 17 points for Trinity while sophomore Allie Morin (Westwood, Mass.) tied Kabari with a team-high five assists.

Erica Junquet '19 (top), Becky Reifler '19 (left) and Allie Morin '21 (right)

Trinity boasted a well-balanced offensive attack this winter with two players finishing in double-figures and six players finishing with 6.1 or more points per contest. Erickson led the team, averaging 12.4 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5% from the floor (9th in NESCAC). Senior co-captain Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) capped off her career by averaging 9.3 points per game and led the league in three-point shooting for the second year in a row (46.4%, 4th in nation). Classmate Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) also finished top-ten in the conference in three-point shooting, hitting 39.8% of her shots from beyond the arc while averaging 7.8 points per game.

Erin Cunningham '19

Kabari averaged 11.2 points for the Bantams and led the squad with 7.1 rebounds per game (5th in NESCAC) as she earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors after the season. Kabari was one of the conference's best defenders all year, leading the league with 2.6 steals per game while averaging 1.3 blocks per contest (7th in NESCAC). Kabari also led the team and was second in the NESCAC in assists, averaging four per game, and shot just under 47% from the floor. She also finished the year with six double-doubles

Peace Kabari '20

Trinity ranked among the NESCAC's best in multiple statistical categories this winter. The Bantams were the second-best three-point shooting team, hitting 36.1% of their triples, while also ranking fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.415). This year's squad finished second in the NESCAC in assists per game (15.9 apg), highlighted by setting the single game team record for assists in a game with 32 in a January 19th win over St. Joseph's (L.I.). Trinity also finished third in both scoring offense and defense, dropping 69.1 points per contest while allowing just 53.2. The Bantams also finished third in rebounding margin (+10.8).

This season marked the final season for Erickson, Reifler, Cunningham, Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) and co-captain Meghan Collins (Topsfield, Mass.). This year's senior class was a part of teams that compiled a 59-47 record over the last four years and reached the NESCAC Championship Tournament twice, including the first appearance since the 2014 season.

The Bantams also had a successful season in the classroom with Collins and junior Emily Peters (North Attleboro, Mass.) landing on the NESCAC All-Academic Team. Collins additionally represented the squad on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team.

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