San Antonio – Trinity's 13th-ranked women's basketball team capped another successful weekend of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action with a 70-38 win over Southwestern (TX) University on Saturday night.
The Tigers and Pirates both struggled to score in the first quarter, though Trinity did manage a 12-9 lead after the first 10 minutes of action. The Tiger defense held Southwestern scoreless over the final 3:42 of the quarter, taking the lead for good by scoring the final four points.
Trinity's scoring run and defensive stops continued into the second quarter, running the lead to 18-9 over the first few minutes of the period. Southwestern scored for the first time in more than seven minutes of game time with 6:15 left in the half. The Tigers led by as many as 11 in the period and took a 27-18 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers were on fire after the break on both ends of the floor, outscoring Southwestern 23-4 in the period and putting the game out of reach. Trinity scored the first seven points of the period and didn't allow a basket until the closing seconds, taking a 50-22 advantage into the final quarter.
Southwestern nearly doubled its scoring total in the final 10 minutes, but Trinity still won the quarter 20-16 to finish off the victory.
The Tigers held Southwestern to just 26.5% shooting overall and 21.4% from three-point range. Trinity also recorded 16 steals and forced a total of 25 turnovers in the game.
Trinity improves to 15-2 overall and remains unbeaten at 10-0 in SCAC play with its 12th consecutive victory, while Southwestern falls to 5-13 overall and 3-7 in league play.
The Tigers swept the regular season series and have also won 11 consecutive games over the Pirates, dating back to the 2014-15 season. Trinity is 44-18 in the series with Southwestern (since 1991-92).
Abby Holland scored a season-high 27 points on 12-19 shooting in tonight's win, adding five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. She has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games this season, as well as reaching that mark nine times on the year.
Kelly Simmons pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and tied her career-best with four steals, adding four blocks and four points.
The Tigers will be back in action on the road next weekend, beginning with a game at the University of St. Thomas (TX), at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31.