Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Trine WBB Beats Kalamazoo; Thunder Clinch Share of MIAA Regular-Season Title
Saturday Feb 17, 2018 12:00am
Angola, IN

The Trine University women's basketball team defeated Kalamazoo (Mich.) College, 69-46, in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and regular-season finale to clinch a share of its second-straight MIAA regular-season championship at the MTI Center on senior day.

The Thunder held the Hornets to single-digit scoring in all but one quarter and led by as many as 37 points en route to their 23-point victory.

As a team, Trine shot 48.3 percent (29-of-60) for the game and was led in scoring by junior Montana Martin (Columbia City, Ind./Churubusco) with 15 points on five-of-six shooting (83.3 percent), including a perfect three-of-three from three-point range. In addition, Montana Martin was second on the team in rebounding with seven boards. The duo of senior Hayley Martin (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) and junior Brandi Dawson (Garrett, Ind./Garrett) rounded out the high scorers with 13 points each. Hayley Martin also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

The Trine (23-2, 15-1 MIAA) offense started out slow in the first quarter which allowed Kalamazoo (9-16, 6-10 MIAA) to score the first baskets of the game to grab an early 4-0 lead. A few minutes later, a bucket by Hayley Martin began a string of 15 straight points and the Thunder defense held the Hornets scoreless the rest of the period, resulting in a 15-4 lead for Trine after the first frame.

The scoring run continued for Trine into the second quarter with back-to-back jumpers by freshman Shay Herbert (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) that gave the Thunder a, 19-4, advantage. Trine continued to pull away in the period and posted its first 20-point margin with 4:26 left in the half following a three-pointer by Montana Martin that made the score 31-9. The Thunder went on to lead by as many as 29 before the end of the half that included a 42-13 score at the break.

Coming out of the locker rooms, Trine kept the offense going with a 13-5 run to begin the third quarter to jump out to a commanding 55-18 advantage with just over three minutes left in the period. KZOO scored the final points of the quarter, but Trine still maintained a 35-point lead going into the final period.

The fourth quarter saw Trine lead by 30 or more points for a little over half the period. The Hornets made it a 22-point game, 64-42, at the 1:48 mark, but the game was already well in hand for Trine as the Thunder cruised to the 69-46 final to claim a share of the conference regular-season title.

KZOO was held to just 25.4 percent (16-of-63) shooting and had one player score in double figures in Emily Kozal with a game-high 25 points.

Trine will wait and see who it will face and what seed it will have in this year's MIAA Tournament that begins next Friday (Feb. 24). The Thunder share the regular-season title with Hope (Mich.) College and the host of this year's tournament will be decided later today.

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