#21 Tigers Thrash #18 Austin in Saturday's SCAC Showdown

#21 Tigers Thrash #18 Austin in Saturday's SCAC Showdown

Sherman, Texas – Trinity's 21st-ranked women's basketball team earned an 86-65 victory to hand 18th-ranked Austin (TX) College its first loss of the season on Saturday night.



The Tigers won all four quarters of tonight's game, including a 30-point fourth quarter to seal the victory and take over the top spot in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.

Trinity began the game with a 12-2 run in the first quarter, but Austin quickly rallied with 11 of the next 13 points to make it a one-point game. The Tigers remained in the lead, though, and wound up with a 21-16 advantage after the first.

The Tigers remained in the lead the entire second quarter as well, but Austin never let that lead get higher than six points. Trinity's three-pointer in the final minute made it a 36-30 game at the break.

Austin came out of halftime with seven unanswered points to take its first lead of the game at 37-36, but the Tigers roared back by scoring 16 of the next 17 points to go up 52-38. The Kangaroos were able to get within nine points with a three-pointer in the final minute of the quarter, but Trinity scored the last four points to take a 56-43 lead into the final frame.

In the fourth, Austin was down 11 points when Trinity squashed any hopes of a comeback with a 14-3 run that made it a 74-52 Tiger lead with just 3:43 left in the game.



Trinity is now 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the SCAC following its eighth consecutive win, while Austin falls to 12-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference standings.

This year's Tigers are the first team in school history to score 80 or more points in five consecutive games and won each of those five games by 20 or more points.

Trinity is 22-17 all-time against Austin, which includes a 12-5 record under Tiger Head Coach Cameron Hill. The 21-point win is the largest margin of victory for either team since the 2011-12 season.

Ashlyn Milton led the Tigers with 17 points off the bench, finishing just one point shy of her season-high in scoring. She also added eight rebounds and four assists, setting new career-high totals in both categories.

Abby Holland dropped her eighth career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, tying her career-best mark in boards. She nearly had a triple-double after setting a new career-high with seven assists as well.

Emily Daniel hit 3-6 from three-point range on her way to 16 points and a career-high seven steals, while Sam Henry came off the bench with a career-best nine points.

Kelly Simmons finished with nine points and a team-leading nine rebounds, while Jordan Rudd scored 11 points to go with four rebounds and three steals.



The Tigers return home next weekend for more SCAC action, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17, against Johnson & Wales (CO) University.