Tiger Women Edged by #9 St. Thomas in Weekend Finale

Tiger Women Edged by #9 St. Thomas in Weekend Finale

San Antonio – Trinity's women's basketball team settled for a split at its Together Tigers Tournament after being edged 71-68 by ninth-ranked University of St. Thomas (MN) on Sunday night.


The Tigers and Tommies both struggled to score points in the first quarter, with the score being tied 6-6 after five minutes of action. The two teams scored just two more points each the rest of the way for an 8-8 tie after one quarter.

St. Thomas got things going early in the second, using a 10-2 run to take a 20-12 lead with 6:01 remaining in the first half. Trinity rallied to tie things up 23-23 in the final minute of the quarter, which remained the score as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.

Trinity eased out to a small lead early in the second half, but St. Thomas went back in front with five unanswered points to lead 31-29. The Tigers then put together a 10-0 run to take an eight-point lead, and Trinity had the lead up to 48-39 by the end of the third quarter.

St. Thomas chipped away at the lead for several minutes at the start of the fourth quarter, finally tying things up at 54-54 with just over five minutes left in the game. Trinity went back in front briefly a few points later, but St. Thomas scored seven of eight points to go up 63-59 with 2:08 to play.

Trinity was fouled on a three-point shot on the next possession and closed to 63-62 with three straight free throws. The Tigers then forced a turnover on defense and took a 64-63 lead on Abby Holland's shot with 41 seconds to go. St. Thomas answered with a go-ahead three-pointer, then made 5-6 free throws in the final 27 seconds to seal the win.



Trinity stands at 1-1 this season and is 0-3 in the series against St. Thomas. The Tommies improved to 2-0 after the win, having also beaten East Texas Baptist University in yesterday's tournament action.

Abby Holland led all scorers with 22 points on 9-15 shooting, as well as leading the Tigers with five rebounds and four steals.

Jordan Rudd hit 4-6 from the field and 4-6 from the foul line on her way to 12 points, and she also led the team with five assists.

Ashlyn Milton came off the bench with 10 points, hitting 2-4 from three-point range to help her reach double figures for the second straight game to start her career.

Kelly Simmons chipped in with eight points off the bench, while Emily Daniel finished with seven points and three boards.



The Tigers will host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Sunday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m.