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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:09 pm

Trine women see 13-game winning streak end

Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette

ANGOLA — Turnovers proved to be the fatal blow as the No. 24-ranked Trine women's basketball team's 13-game winning streak was snapped in a 76-65 loss to No. 7 Hope at Hershey Hall on Wednesday.

A win would have tied the school record with 14 straight.

"I feel like we're different compared to last year that we don't just go and slack during practice or warm-ups," Trine's Brandi Dawson said of the team's improvement throughout the streak. "We stay focused, if we get a little bit unfocused, we remind each other that we have to do what we always do."

The Thunder (14-2, 7-1 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was within 58-54 at the start of the fourth and a basket from Hayley Martin got them within 58-56 with 9:12 left to play, but Hope (16-1, 8-0) responded with a 14-3 run to go up 74-59 with 5:34 remaining.

"The story of the game is that we turned it over 26 times and they had 36 points of our turnovers," Trine coach Ryan Gould said. "We allowed them turnovers to get in transition and get a lot of baskets that way. They shot the ball great from the 3-point line, 9 for 20, but, again, it's just difficult to turn the ball over 26 times and beat a team as good as them."

The Thunder led 16-8 with 4 minutes left in the first quarter, but the Flying Dutchmen came back with a 10-3 run to close the quarter trailing 19-18.

Hope went on a 10-0 run in the second quarter to go up 37-28 and led 39-35 at halftime.

"A lot of our turnovers, I feel like us just being lazy at times and just the pressure," Dawson said. "We knew (Hope) would pressure us. That's just what really got us. We knew what was all coming. We just have to figure it out eventually and get them next time."

Dawson finished with 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field and 9 of 12 from the free-throw line. It's the fourth most points in a game in team history.

Ashley Elliott added 15 for the Thunder and Martin 10.

Hope was led by Tyra Smith's 14 points, Madison Geers and Mandy Traversa each had 13 and Francesca Buchanan added 11.

"They pressure, they overplay, they do a lot of different things that we don't see," Gould said. "I think at some point it's mental, too. It's a team we haven't beaten and gotten over the hump against and I think there's some self-doubt that we're working through and pushing towards and we told the girls, we scored 65 against that team, we have to find a way to win and not turn the ball over."