ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine's women's basketball team pulled away late to earn a 67-58 victory over Kalamazoo Wednesday night in Hershey Hall.
The Thunder broke open a 41-all tie with a 9-0 run to open up a lead that proved too much for the Hornets to overcome. Trine went on to lead by as much as 13. Kelsey Henselmeier (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville) tied her career-high with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Thunder. Kayla Dunn (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City) notched her first-career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was Trine's first double-double since Dec. 29, 2012. Emily Lindsay paced the Hornets with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Trine improves to 6-18 overall and 3-12 in the MIAA. Kalamazoo falls to 12-11 overall, with an 8-7 mark in league play.
Dunn's 16 points and 10 rebounds were each new career-highs. Alivia Recker (Arlington, Ohio/Arlington) added 12 points and seven boards. Lauren Tait (Syracuse, Ind./Wawasee) notched eight points and eight rebounds in the final home game of her Trine career. The Thunder shot 37 percent overall (23-of-63).
Grace Smith came off the bench to score nine points and grab nine rebounds for Kalamazoo. Nicole Antoine added eight points and 10 rebounds, while Perri Nicholson grabbed a game-high 13 boards. The Hornets shot 29 percent from the field (18-of-63).
Neither team led by more than six points before the deciding Trine run in the second half. Recker broke open the 41-all tie by draining a three from the right wing. Dunn banked in a tough transition runner, and Henselmeier found Tait for a transition layup to give Trine their largest lead at that point at seven points. A driving layup by Dunn closed out the run and made it 50-41 with 6:59 to play.
The Thunder would go on to lead by as much as 13 after a pair of Henselmeier free throws made the score 58-45 with 4:03 to play. The Hornets pulled back within six, but Tait sank a pair of free throws to restore the lead to eight and Kalamazoo would get no closer the rest of the way.
The Thunder close out the season this Saturday, Feb. 22 when they head to Olivet. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.