ANGOLA, IN - The Trine women's basketball team restarted its 2020-21 season with a 67-26 win against Alma College in a non-conference game at the MTI Center.
Trine (3-0) held Alma (0-1) to just two points in the first quarter as the Scots went one-of-13 (7.7 percent) from the field. Alma scored the first points of the game on a layup 12 seconds into the quarter, but wouldn't find the bottom of the net the rest of the way as Trine scored 15 unanswered points. Junior Kelsy Taylor tallied the first points for the Thunder on a jumper at the 6:51 mark. Trine finished the period shooting five-of-17 (29.4 percent) in the first 10 minutes to lead, 15-2, at the end of the first frame.
The home team continued to pull away in the second quarter and eclipsed the 20-point lead plateau with 4:41 left in the half when sophomore Alyssa Argyle connected on a three-pointer that made it a 30-8 ball game. Just under three minutes later, the Thunder posted their largest lead of the half of 26 points following a jumper by junior Kayla Wildman for a 36-10 margin with 1:46 remaining. After a triple by Alma, senior Shay Herbert capped the scoring in the half with a layup as time expired sending Trine into the locker rooms with a 38-13 advantage.
Trine held Alma to single-digit scoring in both the third and fourth quarters, starting with a 15-6 edge in the third stanza. Boasting a 44-17 lead at the 4:36 mark, a jumper by junior Rachel Stewart sparked a streak of nine straight points for the Thunder that ballooned the home squad's advantage to 36 points. Alma scored the final points with a layup en route to a score of 53-19 in favor of the home squad heading into the final quarter.
Already with the game well in hand, Trine started the fourth period with a 6-2 scoring run to go up by 38 points and went on to post its largest lead of the game of 42 points with under a minute to go thanks to a layup by junior Natalee Kunse for a score of 65-23. After a three-pointer by the Scots on their ensuing offensive possession, Trine sophomore Maggie O'Neill recorded the final points of the contest and sent the Thunder to the final score of 67-26.
Overall for the game, Trine shot 39.4 percent (26-of-66) from the floor and outrebounded Alma by a margin of 57-35. The Thunder also forced 16 Scot turnovers which led to 18 points.
Individually, Wildman was the lone Trine player to score in double figures with a game-high 13 points on five-of-14 shooting (35.7 percent). Herbert, Taylor and sophomore Sam Underhill all finished second with eight points each. In addition, Herbert had a big day on the glass with a game-high 10 rebounds (one offensive and nine defensive), while Underhill added nine boards.
Trine is set to travel to Olivet, Mich. on Saturday (Jan. 23) for a matchup against Olivet College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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