The Goshen Women’s basketball team wrapped up an impressive weekend, and extended their win streak to five games, by defeating the visiting Trojans of Trinity University, 74-41 on Saturday. A day after knocking off Calumet, Goshen completed their perfect weekend in their final game in the Best Western Shootout.
The first half saw the Maple Leafs dominate Trinity up and down the court by grabbing a commanding 46-12 lead at the half. The Trojans regrouped in the second half and managed to outscore the Maple Leafs in the final frame 29-28 but, ultimately, Trinity was unable to overcome the monstrous first half by Goshen and Jo’Mani Thomas, a junior.
While the Maple Leafs had a great team effort across the board, it was Thomas who shined the brightest against the Trojans. Less than 24 hours after putting up an impressive 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Calumet, Thomas dropped 22 points and nine rebounds against Trinity to complete an impressive weekend for the forward.
But Thomas’ teammates didn’t miss the chance to get in on the scoring, as 13 different Maple Leafs made a mark on the board against Trinity.
Tyra Carver, a junior, contributed with nine points off the bench, and Keshia Ward, a junior, added seven points to go along with five rebounds. Avery Bischoff, a senior, chipped in a pair of three-pointers. Sophia Sears, a sophomore, and Liz Tecca, a junior, added four and five assists respectively for Goshen. Goshen’s bench impressively outscored Trinity’s 30-23.
But as impressive as Goshen was offensively, it was defense that put coach Stephanie Miller’s team over the top as they shut down Trinity, limiting the Trojans to an incredible 12 points in the first half.
Goshen also won the turnover battle with ease, forcing Trinity to turn the ball over 34 times compared to only conceding 18 turnovers. Trinity managed to win the battle on the boards 42-38, but Goshen out-assisted the Trojans by a total of 18-8.
The Maple Leafs travel to California this weekend for the Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn Classic and look to use the momentum from this weekend and continue to improve their record, which now stands at 5-1 on the season.