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Basketball Falls to Trinity Sunday, 63-48

Basketball Falls to Trinity Sunday, 63-48

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior Kayla Guest (Newington, CT) posted her third straight double-double, but a big first half by the Trinity College Bantams downed the University of Saint Joseph basketball team, 63-48, at home on Sunday afternoon. With the setback the Blue Jays slip to 2-3 on the season, while Trinity improves to 2-1.

Guest finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of floor time to record the double-double. However, Trinity built a 36-16 lead over the opening 20 minutes of action and would hold off the Blue Jays in the second half for the victory.

Senior Carlee Putnam (Niantic, CT) led all scorers in the game with 18 points and junior Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, CT) joined Putnam and Guest in double figures with 14 points for the blue and gold. Junior Aubree Udell paced the way for the Bantams with 15 points and five assists, while sophomore Courtney Erickson logged a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

Trinity raced out to a 15-1 lead over USJ halfway through the opening quarter and the Blue Jays could never recover from the drought throughout the remainder of the game. The Bantams held the Blue Jays without a field goal over the opening six minutes of play and just two made field goals in the first half.

The Bantams would lead 24-8 at the end of the first quarter and built their lead to as big as 22 (30-8) a few minutes into the second period. Both teams would trade points over the remaining seven minutes of the first half as Trinity took a 36-16 advantage heading into the locker rooms.

Saint Joseph made some nice adjustments at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to 39-25 six minutes into the period. An acrobatic three-point play by Mayo and four straight points from Putnam fueled the run for USJ.

Trinity would answer though and built its lead back up to 17 (48-31) after a layup from sophomore Erin Cunningham with 1:25 left in the third, but the Blue Jays would close the quarter with a 5-1 spurt to pull within 49-36 heading into the final period. USJ got as close as 12 (60-48) late in the fourth quarter, but the visitors would hold off any attempt of a comeback and held on for the 63-48 final.

The Blue Jays rebounded from a poor shooting first half and shot 41.2 percent (14-34) in the second half to shoot 26.7 percent (16-60) overall in the loss. They won the second half and outscored Trinity, 32-27, over the final 20 minutes. The Bantams shot 39.1 percent (25-64) for the victory, including 36.4 percent (4-11) from beyond the arc.

Trinity held a 50-41 advantage on the glass and a 36-24 edge in points in the paint. They also had 15 assists as a team against nine turnovers, while the Blue Jays had five assists to nine turnovers.

The University of Saint Joseph basketball team will look to rebound when they return to action next on Thursday, Dec. 1 in its Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener at Albertus Magnus. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.