NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University and Trinity College have advanced to the championship game of the 2015 Ed Hockenbury Classic following wins in the opening round on Friday evening. Norwich defeated Bay Path University 96-48 in the first game, while Trinity knocked off Maine-Presque Isle 82-21 in the nightcap.
Norwich and Trinity will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, immediately following the 1:00 p.m. consolation game featuring Maine-Presque Isle and Bay Path.
Norwich 96, Bay Path 48
Twelve different players scored at least a basket to lead the Norwich University women's basketball team to a 96-48 win over Bay Path University on Friday evening in the opening round of the 2015 Ed Hockenbury Classic.
With the win, the Cadets are now 5-2 on the year, while Bay Path drops to 2-4 overall.
The Cadets were paced by sophomore guard Arianna Harrison (Vernon, Vt.), who scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double along with three steals and two assists. Sophomore guard Shyann Josler (Thetford, Vt.) scored 14 points along with four steals and five assists, while junior forward Heather LeBlanc (Sanford, Maine) put up 10 points and crashed the boards for seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Senior guard Leah Turcotte (North Highlands, Calif.) and sophomore guard Emily Bonomi (Plantsville, Conn.) scored 10 and nine points off the bench, respectively.
Norwich opened the game with a 22-0 run in the first 14 minutes before Bay Path got on the board after Brenna Roy (Stafford Springs, Conn.) drilled both shots from the charity stripe. The Cadets continued the barrage well into the second quarter hitting 55.6 percent of their shots from the floor for the 49-15 halftime score.
Bay Path came out of the locker room with confidence, putting up 33 points in the second half and scoring 12 points off of Norwich's turnovers. The Cadets would improve their shooting in the fourth quarter, hitting 58.8 percent from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to close out the contest with the 96-48 victory.
Bay Path saw three players scoring in double digits with Roy posting a game-high 19 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals on the night. Classmate Dallas Jackson (Springfield, Mass.) contributed 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals along with a block, while Aaliyah Gordan (Springfield, Mass.) collected 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.
Trinity 82, Maine-Presque Isle
Three Trinity players scored double digits with senior center Mackenzie Griffin (Stamford, Conn.) posting a double-double after scoring team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bantams to an 82-21 win over Maine-Presque Isle on Friday evening in game two of the 2015 Ed Hockenbury Classic.
With the win, Trinity improves to 5-1 on the season, while the loss drops the Owls to 0-6.
In addition to Griffin, the Bantams saw 12 points off the bench from sophomore forward Emily Llerena (New Milford, Conn.) and 10 points from freshman Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.).
Maine-Presque Isle was led by junior guard Sydney Churchill (Fort Fairfield, Maine) with a game-high 10 points. Junior forward Amanda Hotham (Fort Fairfield, Maine) pitched in with five points and three rebounds, while freshmen Megan Jellison (Fort Fairfield, Maine) and Holli Boyce (Stonington, Maine) contributed three and two points, respectively.
Trinity would score 39 points in the first half to Maine-Presque Isle's 12 before adding 43 additional points in the second for the win. The Bantams outrebounded the Owls 45-21 and shot 57.1 percent from the floor, scoring 34 points off of Maine-Presque Isle's 29 turnovers and 18 on second chances.