Mackenzie Griffin, Trinity hoops head into NESCAC semis

Mackenzie Griffin of Trinity College looks to throw an inbounds pass during a NESCAC women’s basketball game. (Trinity College Athletics Photo)

Stamford’s Mackenzie Griffin and the Trinity College women’s basketball team will take on top-seeded Tufts in the NESCAC semifinals at 2 p.m., Saturday, in Medford, Mass.

Trinity College sophomore Mackenzie Griffin.

Griffin, a sophomore center, is a graduate of Trinity Catholic High School, where she starred for the girls hoops team for four seasons.

Griffin helped the Bantams overcome Connecticut College 79-76 in the quarterfinals last Saturday in Hartford, as Trinity College hosted a NESCAC playoff game for the first time.

The former FCIAC star was second on her team with 12 points in 18 minutes, while also pulling down six rebounds. Hannah Brickley led Trinity with 23 points.

Griffin had a big basket down the stretch, as her layup with 2:14 remaining gave the Bantams a 73-72 lead.

Connecticut College pulled back in front by a point before Alexa Menard nailed a three-pointer with 1:24 to go, putting Trinity ahead for good.

For the season, Griffin, who missed a few games due to an injury, has played in 17 games and started 10, averaging 17.1 minutes. She has per game averages of 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, as the Bantams have gone 16-8 overall and 7-3 in the NESCAC.