Women's Basketball: Warriors Falter in Middle Periods, Drop Trinity Title Game, 68-48

Kelsey Santagata (44) battles Courtney Erickson of Trinity in the second quarter of Saturday afternoon's  68-48 loss to the Bantams in the title game of the Trinity College Tip-Off Tournament at Ray Oosting Gymnasium.
Kelsey Santagata (44) battles Courtney Erickson of Trinity in the second quarter of Saturday afternoon's 68-48 loss to the Bantams in the title game of the Trinity College Tip-Off Tournament at Ray Oosting Gymnasium.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's basketball team was outscored more than 2-to-1 in the middle two quarters as Trinity College raced to a 68-48 victory to win its own tip-off tournament Saturday afternoon at Ray Oosting Gymnasium.

Eastern (1-1) shot 25 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 13 times in the middle 20 minutes as Trinity (2-0) outscored the Warriors 42-18 in that span and defeated Eastern for the second straight season after the Warriors had won 12 of the first 13 meetings in the series.

Kaylen Campbell scored 17 points off the bench for Trinity – outscoring Eastern's seven reserves by herself. Trinity outscored Eastern 21-0 from three-point range. The Warriors were 0-for-13 from long range, the Bantams 7-for-18.

Junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) led Eastern with 14 points as the team's only double-digit scorer, and topped both teams with nine rebounds. She was named to the all-tournamngent team after matching her points and rebounding totals from Friday's 58-43 first-round win over Roger Williams University.

Junior guard Lizzy Cretella (Cheshire) made her season debut after missing the final two-thirds of last season with a knee injury. She came off the bench to play 19 minutes with four points, two rebounds and two assists. However, junior guard Julie Jordan (Sterling) left the game early in the first half with an injury and did not return.

Eastern visits Amherst College in a non-conference game Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Mammoths went undefeated in winning last year's NCAA Division III national title.