DEERFIELD, Ill. – The Ashford University women’s basketball team wrapped up a five-game road trip Tuesday night, dropping a 55-42 contest to Trinity International University (Ill.).
In the first of three regular season meetings between the two clubs, the Trojans grabbed an early lead and never looked back.
Junior Janell Anthony led the Saints (4-7) with 10 points, while sophomore Elizabeth Nardi added nine points and a team-leading seven rebounds.
Monty Washington finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (3-6).
After grabbing the lead early in the first half, the Trojans stretched the advantage to 24-11 with 7 minutes, 16 seconds left in the half, thanks to a 17-6 run. The Saints clawed back to within three points but headed into the break trailing, 28-23.
Ashford was unable to get any closer, as the Trojans maintained a two-possession lead for the majority of the half en route to handing the Saints their second consecutive defeat.
The Saints connected on 34.5 percent (19 of 55) of their shots but struggled from behind the 3-point line, missing all 12 attempts.
Trinity shot 43.1 percent (22-for-51) from the floor and hit 50 percent (4-for-8) from long distance.
The Saints return to the Kehl Arena on Friday, when they welcome the 25th-ranked Comets of Mayville State University (N.D.) to Clinton for a 5:30 p.m. game.