Big second half propels Trinity to 70-50 win over women's basketball

Nina Davenport finishes her career with the fifth most points in Bates women's basketball history. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sophomore Melanie Binkhorst scored a team-high 15 points but the Trinity College Bantams had three players score in double figures on their way to a 70-50 defeat of Bates women's basketball Friday night to conclude the 2017-18 season. 

The Bobcats (7-17, 1-9 NESCAC) dropped their sixth straight game to end the season while the Bantams (15-8, 3-6 NESCAC) won their second in a row to keep their NESCAC tournament hopes alive.

Trinity's Peace Kabari, Courtney Erickson and Erin Cunningham all finished in double-figures while Becky Reifler pulled down 12 rebounds.

Kabari led all scorers with 19 points while Erickson finished with 18 and Cunningham with 14. Reifler finished just three points shy of a double-double as she poured in seven points while Allie Morin dished out a game-high six assists.

Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) paced the Bobcats with her 15 points coming on 6-of-14 shooting. She added a team-high seven rebounds as well. Trinity held Bates to just 35.2% shooting from the floor while winning the battle on the boards, 37-23.

Cunningham caught fire to start the game, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the first quarter, all via three-pointers. Trinity opened a 17-11 lead with 1:25 left to go in the opening quarter before a triple by senior Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) with 23 seconds left cut the deficit to three.

Both teams played a back-and-forth second quarter before Bates found themselves down by five, 36-31, at the half. The Bantams once again took a seven-point lead on a layup by Erickson with 5:20 to go in the quarter, but Bates stuck around. A three-pointer by senior Emily Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) with 40 seconds remaining before the half made it 36-31 which would stand at the break. Bates shot 6-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half to keep things close, led by Davenport who had nine first-half points.

Trinity pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats, 18-10. Trinity's defense held Bates to just 4-of-14 from the field in the third and shot 72.7% themselves. Reifler scored all seven of her points in the third frame while Kabari added five to lead the way. Morin went coast to coast and sank a layup to beat the buzzer as Trinity entered the final quarter with a comfortable lead. The fourth quarter was more of the same as Kabari scored 10 points in the game's final ten minutes to help lead the Bantams to the 20-point victory.

Davenport finishes her remarkable career with 1,273 points, the fifth most in Bates history.