Diamond Alford, Destiny Green, and Faithe Devaughn combined for 50 points Friday afternoon, and the Eagles finished off the season with a win by defeating the Bruins of Appalachian Bible College 65-46 to win the consolation game of the 2018 Women’s Bible College NIT.
Alford scored nine points in the first quarter and 17 total in the half. She scored the team’s first two baskets. Appalachian answered those scores both times, but DeVaughn’s layup with 8:05 left in the first quarter put the Eagles ahead 6-4, and the team would never relinquish the lead.
After Trinity took a 16-8 lead, Appalachian pulled to within three at 25-22 with 2:17 left before halftime. Trinity finished the second quarter on a 9-2 run to lead 34-24 at the half.
Alford added eight more points in the second half to finish off her game-high total. Overall, she was 10 for 15 from the field, including a three-pointer, and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line. She also had eight rebounds and four steals defensively.
Green scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half and pulled in 11 rebounds. She assisted three more Eagles scores, hit both foul shots, stole four possessions from the Bruins, and blocked four Appalachian shot attempts.
DeVaugn finished with a very impressive line that reads 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 1 blocked shot. Natalia Lopez scored nine total points, Shaina Hill contributed four, and Tabitha Major added two. Hill’s field goal as the second quarter ended finished off that run leading into halftime.
Senior Meagan Gooden played impressive defense in her final game as a TBC Eagle. Gooden had four rebounds and a steal while assisting two teammates in scoring during her 22 minutes of action. She scored two points, and those points came on the final shot she will ever take in a collegiate game, which will provide her with a life-long memory.
Gooden finished her senior season with 138 points (6.3 PPG) and 71 rebounds in 22 games.
Trinity shot 41% from the field and converted 5 of 6 free throws overall while winning all four quarters. The Eagles led by 10 at halftime and outscored Appalachian 31-22 in the second half. Defensively, the Eagles pulled off 17 steals and forced 23 turnovers.
Appalachian’s Phoebe Taylor led the court with 18 rebounds, and teammate Kayla Krewson had 15. The two were also second and third in scoring with 10 and 11 points, respectively. Kiki Peterson led the Bruins with 17 points and pulled in eight rebounds. Allie Plaisted scored four points while Rachel Rowe and Abby Lieb each added two.
The Eagles finished the NIT as the third-place team and ended the season with two wins in their final four games.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC