Middlebury Drops Home Finale to Trinity

Sarah Kaufman led Middlebury with 15 points on Saturday.
Sarah Kaufman led Middlebury with 15 points on Saturday.

Trinity outscored Middlebury by a 46-25 count during the second and third quarters, including a 23-8 tally in the latter, for a 77-48 victory over Middlebury during the home finale in Pepin Gymnasium. The Bantams (11-11, 1-9) made 17-straight free throws to start the game and 19-21 overall, while Middlebury went 8-15 from the charity stripe for the contest. The Panthers, who will be the #7 or #8 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament depending on the outcome of the Williams/Bates game to be played on Sunday, close out the regular season Tuesday with a 7:00 p.m. tipoff at Colby-Sawyer, while Trinity is at Anna Maria on the same day at 6:00 p.m.

Over a stretch of 3:32 early in the opening quarter, Trinity rattled off eight-straight points, capped off by a jumper from Griffin on an assist by Alexa Menard. The hosts cut the Bantam edge to five (10-5) on back-to-back layups by Colleen Caveney and Sarah Kaufman, but a shot in the paint by Trinity's Emily Llerena gave the visitors a 14-7 lead after one quarter.           

Middlebury recorded five of the opening seven points of the second quarter via a jumper by Eileen Daley and a three-pointer from Kaufman to pull within four (16-12) with 8:34 showing on the clock. Trinity stopped the Panther momentum thanks to a 13-2 run spanning the next 4:06 for a 29-14 lead with 4:28 left. The Bantams maintained a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the second quarter, taking a 37-24 lead into halftime.

Out of the break, the Bantams began the third quarter with a 10-2 run over the initial 3:52 for a 47-26 advantage on a jumper from Griffin. Trinity continued its momentum with 13 of the final 19 points for a 28-point lead (60-32) after three quarters.

Both teams emptied their respective benches in the fourth quarter as the Bantams eased to the victory.

The visitors knocked down 60 percent (15-25) of their shots in the second half, limiting the Panthers to just 22.9 percent (8-35) shooting from the floor in the final 20 minutes. 

The Panthers were paced by Kaufman with 15 points on 5-11 shooting off the bench, including a trio of makes from three-point range, to go along with three assists. Caveney finished with 12 points and three steals, while Catherine Harrison pulled down a game-best 17 rebounds to go with six points. Daley ended her afternoon scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking two shots.

Trinity had three in double figures led by a game-high 20 points from Griffin to go with 10 rebounds and four steals, while Sheena Landy chipped in with 14 points and three steals. Llerena added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bantams off the bench.