Friday, February 24, 2017 7:59 pm
Trine women move into MIAA finals
Defense powered the Trine women to a 57-42 win over Albion on Friday night in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament semifinals.
The top-seeded Thunder (23-2) forced No. 4 seed Albion into 28 percent shooting from the field and 16 turnovers. The Britons shot 3 for 18 from 3-point range.
Trine shot 37 percent and raced to a 16-5 lead after the first quarter. Albion closed to 28-22 at halftime before the Thunder went up by 11 entering the fourth period.
Haley Martin led Trine with 18 points and six rebounds, while Cassidy Williams added six points, eight rebounds and five assists. Brandi Dawson contributed 12 points and seven boards.
Trine plays host to Calvin on Saturday in the championship.
MARIAN 79, GRACE 50: In Indianapolis, Ana Kirby's 19 points led the top-seeded Knights past fourth-seeded Grace in the semifinals of the Crossroads League tournament. The Lancers (15-17) received 14 points from Chloe Pridgen.
MANCHESTER 78, ANDERSON 77: In Hanover, Enis Becirevic (17 points, nine rebounds) led the Spartans into today's semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament where they will face Mt. St. Joseph. Manchester (9-16) got the winning basket from Tyler Alexander with seven seconds remaining.
CALVIN 75, TRINE 64: In Holland, Michigan, Michael Wilks posted 20 points and five rebounds at DeVos Fieldhouse as the Knights knocked third-seeded Trine out of the MIAA tournament for the fourth time.
The Thunder (14-12) trailed 32-30 at halftime but shot just 14 for 35 in the second half while Calvin (16-10) built a lead as large as 13 points. First-team All-MIAA selection Will Dixon and Adam Ciszewski each scored 15 points for Trine, while Kyle Dodson added seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Ellis Cummings, the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, chipped in four points and eight rebounds.
Second-seeded Calvin, advancing to today's championship game, ran up advantages of 47-29 in rebounding, 44-23 in bench points and 48-24 in points in the paint. Overall, the Knights shot 46 percent and the Thunder 42 percent in a contest that featured five ties and eight lead changes.
In 36 all-time meetings with Calvin, Trine is 7-29, including 0-4 in the postseason.