Marshall, Texas – The Tiger women's basketball team picked up a 69-60 win in its first road game of the year at East Texas Baptist University on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity fell behind early in the game as East Texas Baptist scored the first seven points overall, as well as taking a 10-2 lead just over three minutes into the game. Nine unanswered points put Trinity in the lead briefly, but East Texas Baptist closed with a 10-0 run down the final 2:19 of the first quarter to take a 20-11 lead.
ETBU also scored the first two buckets of the second quarter to make it a 13-point advantage. Trinity then caught fire with a 19-2 run that gave the visitors a 32-27 lead with less than two minutes left in the half. East Texas hit a three in the closing seconds, but Trinity took a slim 34-32 lead into the halftime locker room.
The third quarter saw the lead go back and forth several times as the two teams battled to take control of the game. Trinity scored eight unanswered points late in the quarter to lead 55-46, and the Tigers held on for a 57-50 advantage after three.
East Texas hit back-to-back shots early in the fourth to get the deficit down to four points, but that would be the closest they got the rest of the way. Trinity extended the lead to double figures with 3:38 on the clock and led by as many as 12 points in the final quarter.
The Tigers are now 3-1 to start the 2019-20 season, while East Texas Baptist fell to 2-3 overall this year.
Today's matchup marks just the second meeting between the two teams (since 1991-92), and Trinity has won both games.
Abby Holland turned in an outstanding performance, recording a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She also had six steals in her 38 minutes of action, hitting 9-20 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range.
Kelly Simmons connected on 7-10 from the floor to score a career-high 16 points, taking advantage of her first career start with the Tigers. She also added four rebounds and four steals in the game.
Julia Ackerman knocked down four three-pointers on her way to a 17-point afternoon.
Jordan Rudd finished with eight points, eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals in Trinity's victory, shooting 3-6 from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc.
Trinity will be back in action on Sunday, December 15, hosting the University of Texas-Dallas at 2:00 p.m.