HARTFORD, Conn. – The Norwich University women's basketball team ran into a tough matchup against Trinity College surrendering a 74-47 road decision to the Bantams in non-conference action Monday evening at Oosting Gymnasium.
Trinity improved to 2-1, while the Cadets dropped to 0-3. Norwich will face off against NVU-Johnson at the Barre Auditorium on Friday at 7 p.m. in part of the Granite City Shootout.
Both teams started the game slowly with each team shooting just 23.1 percent from the floor in the opening quarter. Trinity edged out to an early 5-2 lead before a trio of free throws split between senior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio (Chelmsford, Mass.) and junior guard Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) squared the game at 5-5. DeSilvio gave the Cadets its first and only lead of the game on a layup at the 5:08 mark to take a 7-5 lead. A 6-0 run would see the hosts creep out to an 11-7 lead until Norwich junior forward Kailynne Frederick (Adams, Mass.) made a pair of free throws and assisted classmate Bennett on a layup in the closing seconds of the first quarter to tie the game at 12-12.
The Bantams struggled against the Cadets' zone defense in the early going but seemed to solve its shooting woes heading into the second quarter. Trinity scorched the nets hitting 8-of-15 shots from the floor in the second quarter and held the Cadets to just 2-of-7 shooting. Defensively, the Bantams forced seven turnovers in the second stanza to outscore the Cadets 19-7 and take a commanding 31-19 lead into halftime.
Costly turnovers plagued the Cadets again in the third quarter which led directly to seven points for the hosts who scored 20 points in the quarter to just 11 for Norwich. Junior guard Emily Schromm (North Attleboro, Mass.) led the Cadets with three points in the third quarter.
Trailing, 51-30, after three quarters, Norwich saw the deficit increase to as many as 36 at 69-33 after a driving layup by Kaylen Campbell with 3:24 remaining. To the Cadets credit, they continued to battle and enjoyed their highest scoring output in the final stanza hitting 6-of-13 attempted field goals for 17 points. Bennett accounted for eight of those points thanks to a layup, a made jump shot and a three-pointer.
Bennett paced Norwich with 15 points making 5-of-13 attempts from the floor, while Frederick added eight points and six boards. DeSilvio finished the game with six points and three rebounds. The Cadets shot just 33.3 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers.