Tacoma, Washington – Trinity's 22nd-ranked women's basketball team earned a 75-40 victory against host Pacific Lutheran (WA) University in the Pacific Northwest Holiday Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
After Pacific Lutheran led 17-15 after one quarter of play, the Tigers dominated the action on their way to a lopsided win. Trinity outscored the Lutes 36-8 in the second and third quarters to pull away, then exploded with a 24-point fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The game was close for the entire first quarter as Trinity's 7-3 start turned out to be the biggest lead of the opening period. The Tigers tied things up 15-15 with 1:46 left, but PLU got the last shot to take the slim lead after one.
Trinity pulled in front for good by scoring the first five points of the second period, sparking a 16-1 run that put the Tigers in front 31-18. Pacific Lutheran did not score a basket until the final two minutes of the quarter and Trinity led 33-20 at halftime.
After the break, Trinity got a three-point play early to push the lead to 16, but the Lutes answered with a basket at the 8:18 mark to make it a 36-22 game. From that point on, the Tiger defense forced six turnovers and held Pacific Lutheran to 0-11 shooting over the final 8:18 of the quarter. Trinity led 51-25 heading into the final period.
Pacific Lutheran broke up a streak of 15 straight missed shots in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done. The Tigers led by as many as 40 points in the period.
Trinity's defense recorded 16 steals and forced 26 total turnovers, as well as holding Pacific Lutheran to just 21.0% (13-62) shooting in the game.
Trinity improves to 5-2 with the win, which is the team's fourth win in the last five games. Pacific Lutheran falls to 5-4 this season with the loss.
The Tigers have won three straight games in the series against the Lutes, improving to 3-1 overall and remaining undefeated at 3-0 under Head Coach Cameron Hill.
Abby Holland finished the game with 19 points on 8-13 shooting, pulling down four rebounds to go with three assists and three steals. She was named the Tournament MVP for her efforts, averaging 14.5 points and 5.0 steals per game during the event.
Anna Muller came off the bench with her best career game, earning All-Tournament recognition in the process. She scored a career-high 15 points to go with a game-leading 11 rebounds to record her first career double-double. Muller knocked down 7-11 from the field in the game and totaled nine blocks in the two Tiger wins.
Kelly Simmons reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time in her career, tallying 13 points on 6-8 shooting, and grabbing eight rebounds. She also tied her career-best with four steals in tonight's victory.
Trinity will open up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a road game against Texas Lutheran University on Sunday, December 29, at 2:00 p.m.