The DePauw women's basketball team defeated Trinity, 76-54, at home Friday night on the strength of a great performance from Caitlin McGonigal.
McGonigal scored a game-high 17 points for the Tigers as she connected on three from beyond the arc. She was followed in scoring by Liz Bondi who tallied 12 points in the win.
DePauw jumped on Trinity early and kept the pressure on. They built a 17-point lead going into the second half with Bondi scoring eight first-half points.
In the second half, the Tigers built a 21-point lead but halfway through, Trinity started to work it's way back. Trinity's Lauren Andrews bounced an inbounds pass off the back of a DePauw defender, took the ball up and was fouled, scoring a three-point play. Trinity cut the lead to 17 but that's as close as they would come.
DePauw went on a run with scoring coming from Gretchen Haehl, Suzy Doughty, and Gwen Haehl. McGonigal scored 15 of her points in the second half.
Down the stretch, the Tigers continued to connect on their free throws and control the pace to walk away with the victory.
The first half began with Emily Marshall who started the scoring just 20 seconds into the game. Bondi scored four early points to boost Depauw's lead to 10-2.
DePauw gradually grew its lead throughout the half with good offense and timely defensive plays.
As the quarter drew to a close, DePauw had a 17-point advantage, 40-23, with Gretchen Haehl and Doughty hitting free throws.
DePauw gave a balanced performance that continued to grind Trinity all night and in the end the Tigers got the win.
DePauw will face Southwestern tonight at 6 p.m.
DePauw 76 Trinity 54
DePauw (76) - Doughty 9, Pruzin 6, Lowes 6, Bondi 12, Marshall 6, Bailey 4, McGonigal 17, Gretchen Haehl 10, Gwen Haehl 6. Totals: FG 28-61 FT 14-23 TP 76
Trinity (54) - Dawson 4, Hughes 1, Scholbe 8, Andrews 16, Matthews 6, Kilgore 5, King 8, Hannon 8. Total: FG 20-59 FT 13-17 TP 54
3pt. FG: DePauw 6 (Pruzin 2, Gwen Haehl, McGonigal 3), Trinity 1 (Scholbe)
Next game - DePauw will play Southwestern tonight at 6 p.m.