DANBURY, Conn. - Bantams junior Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) scored a team-high 19 points and added nine rebounds in 30 minutes, leading the Trinity College Bantams to a 77-60 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena in the Western Connecticut Hat City Tournament Consolation Game.
Junquet was the only Bantam to reach double digits in scoring but six others scored at least six points. Junior Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) scored eight points while adding a game-high 12 rebounds. The Trinity bench played a role in the victory scoring 29 points.
Nighthawks senior Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) scored 19 points with nine rebounds in a full 40 minutes. Junior Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) scored 14 points while freshman Tatianna Occena (Spring Valley, N.Y.) led all bench scoring with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
A fairly even first five minutes found the Bantams leading by two before a Trinity 8-0 run would give them a 19-9 lead. The Nighthawks added two on their final position as they trailed after one quarter, 19-11.
The Bantams took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Nighthawks 33-18 to lead 52-29. Trinity College shot 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) in the quarter, including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. Junquet scored 10 of her 19 points in the quarter.
The Nighthawks would control the second half but couldn't recover from the halftime deficit. Spears scored 10 of her 19 points in the third quarter as the Nighthawks outscored the Bantams by four. In the fourth quarter, Occena scored five points for the Nighthawks, who outscored the Bantams again by two in the final quarter. The Nighthawks only closed to within 14 in the second half as the Bantams would be victorious, 77-60.
Spears was named to the Hat City All-Tournament Team after averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games.
The win improves the Bantams to 7-2 while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 5-6. Newbury will return to the court as the calendar flips to 2018 and the Nighthawks travel a short distance to face Pine Manor College on Jan. 3 at 4:00 p.m.