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Trinity Holds Off Women’s Basketball, 61-52

Trinity Holds Off Women’s Basketball, 61-52

BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Bria Fuller (Springdale, Md.) scored a game-high 19 points and visiting Trinity College built a 15-point third-quarter lead before holding off a late Babson College rally for a 61-52 victory in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, slips to 7-6 on the year, while Trinity improves to 11-4 overall.

Senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) finished with 14 points, four rebounds three assists and two steals, while classmate Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) added 13 point and nine boards to lead the Beavers. First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) chipped in with nine points and junior Shaye Galletta (Riverside, Conn.) contributed seven points to go along with a season-high 11 rebounds in the loss.

Senior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) scored 10 points, while sophomore Bailey Hyland (Broad Brook, Conn.) and first-year Frankie Silva (Auburndale, Mass.) added eight points apiece for the Bantams. Fuller and sophomore Elizabeth Althoff (Staten Island, N.Y.) pulled down nine rebounds each in the win.

Fuller made five of her first seven shots and scored 13 points to help Trinity open a 15-7 lead 30 seconds into the second quarter. Bauman connected on a three-pointer and junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) went 1-of-2 at the free throw line as the Green and White pulled within four, but the Bantams countered with an 8-2 run that included consecutive three-pointers by Silva to extend their advantage to 23-13 with 5:47 to go until halftime.

Galletta scored all seven of her points over the final 2:25 of the period and junior Nicole Hiller (Rocky Hill, Conn.) went 1-of-2 at the charity stripe to cut the Beavers' deficit to 29-25 less than a minute into the third quarter. The momentum was short-lived though, as Kabari scored four straight points while Hyland and sophomore Katie Kirsch (Pelham, N.H.) both converted three-point plays as part of a 14-3 run that saw Trinity push its lead to 43-28 with under four minutes to play in the stanza.

Babson got within 10 on a bucket by Bauman early in the fourth only to see Fuller knock down a three-pointer and a floater in the span of three possessions to make it 53-38 with 6:26 to play in the contest. Jozefick scored nine straight points as the Beavers pulled with 55-47 with 3:22 remaining, and Bonifacic followed up a free throw by Hyland with a three-point play to get the Beavers within 56-50 with 2:00 left.

The Green and White forced a turnover on the ensuing possession, but Kabari turned a steal into a layup and the Bantams knocked down three free throws over the final 24 seconds to seal the win.

The Beavers, who shot 37.5 percent from the floor, outscored Trinity 32-26 in the paint. The Bantams shot 37.9 percent and turned 17 Babson turnovers into 19 points.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to MIT for its conference opener at 2 p.m., while Trinity visits Wesleyan on Friday at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 9-7 all-time against Trinity although Tuesday's matchup was the first between the program since 2009.
• Babson is now 1-4 on the season against NESCAC foes, which includes single-digit losses to both Trinity and Wesleyan.
• The Beavers' 20 fourth-quarter points are their most since scoring 23 in a win over Connecticut College on January 5.

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