Tigers Fall to Crusaders in OT of Highest Scoring Game of the Season, 53-57
WASHINGTON D.C.—Trinity Washington University’s basketball team traveled to the small town of Front Royal, Va to take on the Christendom Crusaders on December 2nd. The windy roads and sharp turns encountered on the way to the small college were but a small indicator of the nail-biting game played that night, where the Tigers fell to the Crusaders, 53-57 in OT, while still setting a triplet of school bests: 3 double digit scorers (Jemini S., Davia C., Mazia D.), 2 Tigers with double doubles (Jemini S., Davia C.), and most points scored since the 2017-2018 season.
When arriving to the Christendom unexpectedly early, while some coaches may have used the ample time to relax before competition, head coach, Isaiah Johnson and assistant coach, Myesha Green capitalized on the extra hour to walk through plays and refresh player’s minds after a seemingly long Thanksgiving break. “Tonight’s a big game,” Coach Johnson stated while peering through the bay window overlooking the basketball court that the ladies would play on in just 2-3 hours.
The game was indeed, a big one, being that both teams shared a loss against Central Penn by a large margin and although Christendom was stronger in numbers, it seemed to be the perfect match up: the Tigers and the Crusaders.
Freshman starter, Jemini Sensabaugh, scored the first point of the game with a jumper at 19:36. The Tigers struggled to find a rhythm for the next seven minutes with fellow starters, Mazia Donald, Kiera Thomas, Esther Nyarko, and Andrea Golli. The Crusaders quickly took the lead in the first half of the game extending their gap to 15 points over the Tigers,22-7, with 9:58 left in the half. Freshman guard, Donald brought the heat with a pair of 3 pointers, a jumper, and a free throw shot to push the Tigers back into the game with only a 6 point trail by halftime, 24-30.
The Tigers, led by Sensabaugh with 12 points in the second half, both out-scored, 25-19, and out-rebounded the Crusaders. The Tigers opened up a four point lead on the Crusaders at 4:00 and 1:12, but made 4 turnovers and 5 fouls that allowed the Crusaders to come back and tie with the Tigers, 49-49.
The five minutes of overtime left the Crusaders with the advantage with 2/3 of the highest scorers for the Tigers fouling out of the game, and the Tigers only managing to put up half of the 8 points the Crusaders did to win the game.
Inside the Numbers:
Score: 53-57 – Highest team score since 2017-2018 season
Jemini Sensabaugh: 17 points, 14 rebounds
Davia Cain: 16 points, 13 rebounds
Mazia Donald: 16 points, 3 rebounds
Freshmen, Andrea Golli, Kiera Thomas, and Esther Nyarko also contributed with 4 points and 4 rebounds.
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The Tigers look to carry their momentum forward to Elizabeth City, NC as they take on MACU on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM.