San Antonio – The 13th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team defeated Texas Lutheran University 82-57 to begin a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend at home on Friday night.
Trinity shot better than 50% overall from the field and 48.1% from three-point range, while holding Texas Lutheran under 40% shooting on the defensive end. The Tigers also recorded 15 steals and forced a total of 27 turnovers in the game.
The game began with six straight Trinity points, and the Tigers led 11-3 with 5:39 left in the first quarter of play. Texas Lutheran cut that lead down to just three points by scoring seven of the next nine, but Trinity made a run of its own to make it a 23-13 game with just over a minute left in the period. The Bulldogs hit the final shot of the quarter, but the Tigers still led 23-15 after one.
Except for a brief moment early in the quarter, Trinity's lead was up to double digits the rest of the half. The Tigers pushed that advantage as high as 17 points late in the second quarter and held a 41-27 lead at the break.
Trinity put the game out of reach early in the third quarter, beginning the second half with seven unanswered points to make it a 21-point game. The Tiger lead continued to grow as Trinity led by as many 27 points (60-33) in the third quarter. Both teams scored 14 points in the final quarter, but Trinity's lead was never less than 21 over the final 10 minutes.
The Tigers improve to 14-2 overall and 9-0 in the SCAC after their 11th consecutive win, which includes a regular season series sweep of Texas Lutheran. The Bulldogs fell to 7-10 overall and 5-5 in conference with the loss.
Trinity improves to 20-8 overall against Texas Lutheran (since 1991-92), winning each of the last four meetings in San Antonio.
The Tigers also ran their streak of consecutive games with 80 or more points to eight games with tonight's win. The streak actually began after the last meeting against Texas Lutheran, which was a 60-51 Trinity win.
Abby Holland led the way for the Tigers, scoring 20 points to go with six rebounds and seven steals. She tallied her eighth 20-point game of the season and tied her career-high in steals, leading the team in all three categories.
Julia Ackerman drained a team-best four three-pointers on her way to 12 points in tonight's game, adding three rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals. She also moved up to sixth in Trinity history with 110 three-point field goals made in her career.
Kelly Simmons was the only other Trinity player in double figures, finishing with 10 points to earn her seventh double-digit scoring night in the last eight games. She also grabbed five rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Hailey Coleman led Trinity's bench players with nine points on 4-5 shooting. Coleman matched Simmons with five rebounds and two blocks in her 18 minutes played.
Jordan Rudd led the team with four assists, adding eight points and a pair of steals.
Trinity closes out its four-game home stand by hosting Southwestern (TX) University at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.