Kerrville, Texas - The ninth-ranked Trinity women's basketball team clinched at least a share of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title with an 82-72 victory at Schreiner University on Thursday.
The Tigers took their first lead less than three minutes into the first quarter, and never trailed again the rest of the game. Trinity sprinted out to an 18-7 lead after the opening period.
Trinity led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but could never pull away by more than that in the first half. By intermission, Schreiner had only gained back one point, and the Tigers led 35-25 at the break.
The third quarter was more of the same, as Trinity and Schreiner played another back-and-forth period. By the conclusion of the quarter, Schreiner had knocked another point off the Tiger lead, which was 55-46 heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Tigers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter, and never looked back. Trinity pushed its lead to 20 points (73-53) with 3:31 remaining, and effectively ended the game. The Mountaineers made a 14-3 run to take one last stab at a comeback, but Trinity's lead was too much in the end.
The Tigers improved to 23-1 overall this season with the team's ninth consecutive victory. Trinity is 12-1 in conference play this season. Schreiner dropped to 10-14 and 8-5 SCAC.
Monica Holguin poured in a career-high 31 points in the victory, marking the first Tiger player to score 30 or more in a game since 2014. Holguin shot 9-20 from the field, 3-8 beyond the arc, and sank 10-15 free throws. She also pulled in eight rebounds, and produced three steals.
Grace Horn posted four assists to her Tiger teammates, and moved into ninth place on the all-time list. Horn has amassed 226 assists, passing Yanika Daniels (1992-1996) in Trinity career history.
UP NEXTThe Tigers close out their regular-season schedule by hosting Schreiner on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Trinity's seniors will be honored at the game.