Washington, DC- The Trinity Washington University basketball team lost 75-43 against Delaware Valley University on Saturday afternoon in the tournament finals.
The Tigers drop to 4-5 while the Aggies improve 3-7. In Friday’s first round Trinity defeated Gallaudet University, 55-46 and Delaware Valley defeated Catholic 64-63 in overtime.
Trinity was down 19-7 after the first quarter. The Tigers began the second quarter with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to three (19-16) with five minutes on the clock. The Aggies drained a three with seven seconds remaining, leading 29-21 at half.
The Tigers had a rough time keeping up with the Aggies second half getting outscored 46-22. This solidified the win for the Aggies.
Freshman Whitney Hall ended the game with 15 points and added five rebounds. Hayes tallied 12 points and grabbed three rebounds. Alyssa King totaled nine points and Asha Curry added seven rebounds.
Freshman Alyssa King and Junior Camileia Collier made the All-Tournament team for Trinity, and D. Skedzielewski and E. Anastasi for Delaware Valley.
The Tigers will return to action Saturday, January 16th against Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA. Tip-off is 12pm.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Association of Division III Independents named Trinity Washington University women’s basketball forward Blessing Hayes, its Female Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of November.
Hayes is a junior from Washington, D.C. The junior started off her season averaging 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game on efficient 48.8 percent shooting from the floor as Trinity picked up a pair of wins in November. The junior began the 2015-16 campaign with a 22-point, 13-rebound outing in a 65-61 win over Penn State-Mont Alto on November 13th. Hayes scored in double figures in all five games for Trinity in the month and finished with three double-doubles. The forward capped off a strong month with a 23-point effort on a blistering 68.8 percent (11-of-16) shooting day against Penn State Brandywine on November 24th and currently ranks third in the Association in both points and rebounds per game.
Washington, DC- The Trinity women’s basketball team earned their first win of the season in the home opener, defeating PSU Mont Alto, 65-61, Friday afternoon in the Trinity Center.
Junior Blessing Hayes led the squad earning a double double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Camileia Collier and India Richey each tallied nine points and earned eight and seven rebounds respectively. Asha Curry scored seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Kiana Graves added eight points and nine rebounds.
Trinity was down 47-43 at the end of the third quarter. The Tigers never quit, and it proved to be enough as they outscored the Lady Lions 22-14 in the fourth to earn the victory.
The Tigers return to action Monday, November 16th as they host Christendom at the Trinity Center in Washington, DC at 7:00pm.
Written by Asha Curry
Kiana Graves is a freshman here at Trinity Washington University. She was born is Westchester, Pennsylvania and was raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Kiana plays basketball here at Trinity. Graves plans to graduate from the Nursing program in 2018. After graduation, she would like to become either an emergency room nurse, or a nurse anesthetist.
Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A: I’d like to work in a hospital as either an ER nurse or a nurse anesthetist. I also look forward to the possibility having a family and being married.
Q: Do you have any talents besides playing basketball?
A: I like to think that I can sing, although I can’t so it is not really a talent.
Q: Who is your biggest influence? Why?
A: My mother because even when she doesn’t have, she still finds a way to give to me and my siblings.
Q: What is something you like to do in your leisure time?
A: Umm I like to workouts sometimes and listening to music. I don’t really do much.
Q: How long have you been playing sports?
A: I started playing basketball when I was five. I played volleyball in middle school, and participated in track & field and hockey in high school.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a Trinity student athlete?
A: The friendships I have made. Before basketball season I didn’t really have any friends here at Trinity; now I have quite a few!
Q: What is your favorite midnight snack?
A: Cup of Noodles
Q: Who is you favorite professor here at Trinity?
A: Professor Sheridan would have to be my favorite professor; he’s great at teaching. He builds a bond with his students that will make you love math!
Q: Who is your favorite cartoon character?
A: SpongeBob SquarePants; because he’s funny.
Q: What is something weird “quirky” about you?
A: I think I’m pretty weird myself, does that count?
Washington, DC- The Trinity Basketball team closed out their season with a record of 11-6; this marks their first winning season since 2011-12. The Tigers finished with the highest winning percentage in the Great South Athletic Conference.
The Tigers made their mark closing out the season with several top 15 NCAA DIII National Rankings. These rankings include, 4th in offensive rebounds, 7th in rebound margin, 8th in scoring defense, 9th in field goal percentage, and 11th in steals per game.
Sophomore Blessing Hayes earned individual NCAA DIII National Rankings. Hayes is ranked 2nd in offensive rebounds per game and 12th in rebounds per game.