Parkland, Washington – Trinity's 22nd-ranked women's basketball team opened up the Pacific Northwest Holiday Tournament with a 70-61 win over the University of Puget Sound (WA) on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers answered Puget Sound's opening basket of the game with a 12-1 run that put Trinity in control early. The Loggers got back within six points during the opening quarter, but Trinity finished the quarter leading 24-12.
That lead jumped to 20 points less than three minutes into the second quarter, as the Tigers scored 10 of the first 12 points of the period. Puget Sound battled back within 11, but Trinity still led 38-25 at halftime.
Trinity's advantage was still 15 points midway through the third period when the Loggers put together their best run of the game. Puget Sound closed the quarter with a 19-4 run over the final 6:37 to tie the game at 52-52 heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Tigers got their offense going again early in the fourth, scoring nine points in just 2:32 to take a 61-52 lead. Puget Sound hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a three-point game again, but that was as close as the Loggers would get. Trinity gave up just three points over the final 5:01 of the game, pulling away for the victory.
Trinity earned its fourth consecutive win over Puget Sound on Saturday, improving the team's record to 4-2 this season. Puget Sound fell to 5-3 this year and has just two wins in six meetings against the Tigers.
Jordan Rudd led four players in double figures with 12 points on 4-7 shooting. She also dished out a team-leading six assists and tied for the team lead with seven steals.
Abby Holland shared the lead with seven steals, adding four rebounds and 10 points to her stat line.
Anna Muller led the Tigers with nine rebounds off the bench, as well as recording a career-high six blocks in the game. She is the first Trinity player since 2015 to record six or more blocks in a game.
The Tigers take on hosting Pacific Lutheran (WA) University tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. (PT).