Seguin, Texas - The Trinity women’s basketball team took over sole possession of first place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 57-53 victory over Texas Lutheran University Friday night in Memorial Gymnasium.
The Tigers, who have now won six of their last seven games, improved to 17-4 and 8-2 in SCAC play. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers last month in Sams Gym, and now stand at 11-10 and 7-3 in the SCAC.
Trinity held a 35-25 advantage at the close of the first half, leading by as much as 12 points. A big part of the Tigers first half was 53% shooting. The third quarter proved to be a dearth of scoring for both teams, as the first points were not produced until the 4:21 mark. The Tigers took an 11-point lead, 46-35, with 8:03 left in the fourth quarter. But the Bulldogs tied the contest at 48-48 with 3:36 remaining. The Tigers went on a 9-5 run down the stretch, with Monica Holguin scoring eight of Trinity’s points.
"Tonight was just a great battle between two great teams," marveled Head Coach Cameron Hill. "Both teams put some spectacular defensive possessions together. They came out in the second half and made some very good adjustments on our post play. We struggled to get the ball in the hoop, but we were also able to give them a lot of trouble on their offensive end of the floor with our defensive intensity. It was a physical game, and the kind of game we need to be prepared to win in February and March moving forward. I was very proud of them to go on the road and put together a performance like that where we had to earn it down the stretch. We have players who are going to get recognition for scoring the ball, but they don't score the ball without the execution of the other three or four players on the floor. I just think this was a total team effort, and I am really proud of everyone. Joe and Hannah made some great suggestions down the stretch with offensive and defensive substitutions. Our girls went in there, and did what they had to win. An awesome night."
Holguin paced the game with 20 points, shooting 7-14 from the field, and hitting 3-7 three-pointers. Mollie Hughes executed a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Caitlin Barrett accounted for four steals in the game.
Kristen Lye was the only Bulldog player to score in double figures, with 12 points. Lye also led her team with nine rebounds. TLU was held to 2-11 shooting beyond the arc.
The Tigers will take on defending SCAC champion Southwestern University at 6:00 p.m. Saturday in Georgetown, Texas. Trinity was a 60-46 winner over the Pirates in January in a home game.