Fourth-Quarter Comeback Powers Mariners Past Bantams

Fourth-Quarter Comeback Powers Mariners Past Bantams

DANBURY, Conn. – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball came from behind, outscoring Trinity College 15-8 in the fourth quarter, to pick up a 56-55 victory on Friday night in the Hat City Tournament hosted by Western Connecticut State University.

With the win the Mariners improve to 5-3 on the season and will face Western Connecticut State University in the championship game of the Hat City Tournament tomorrow at 4:00 pm. Trinity College falls to 7-2 overall and will take on Newbury College in the tournament's consolation game at 2:00 pm.

The Mariners jumped on the board first following a Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) layup, but the Bantams held a narrow 17-12 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

Trinity held the lead for the entire second quarter and took a 35-28 advantage into halftime.

The Mariners began their comeback outscoring the Bantams 13-12 in the third quarter, led by five points from Chloe Smedley (York, Maine), to cut Trinity's lead to 47-41.

Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) made a layup with 6:20 remaining in the fourth to spark an 11-3 run for the Mariners, and the 56-55 victory.

Felix led all players with 21 points and also added eight rebounds, five blocks, an assist and a steal, while Kane contributed 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal and Smedley added 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal.

Erin Cunningham led Trinity with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding two assists and two blocks and teammate Courtney Erickson added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 10 rebounds and also added two assists, a steal and a block. Erica Junquet contributed 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.

The Mariners shot 42.6 percent from the floor, and held the Bantams who entered the game averaging 72.9 points per game to just 55 points on 32.8 percent shooting from the floor. Trinity held a 40-33 edge in rebounds.