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No. 5/6 Tiger Women Cruise to Victory Over Millsaps

No. 5/6 Tiger Women Cruise to Victory Over Millsaps

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 5/6 Trinity women's basketball team finished off its first weekend of the 2022-23 season with an 80-58 victory over Millsaps College on Saturday afternoon at the Richard Dardenne Memorial Classic.

The Tigers improved to 2-0 with the win, combined with last night's record-breaking 140-87 win against tournament host Birmingham-Southern College last night. Millsaps fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

Sophomore transfer Josie Napoli (Beaverton, Ore. / Valley Catholic) led four Trinity scorers in double figures with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting overall and 4-for-7 from three-point range. Addie Putnam had another strong night as well, collecting 15 points to go with a team-leading four assists.

Trinity continues its season-opening road trip with a game at Howard Payne University on Friday, November 18, then will be at home on Sunday to host Sul Ross State University.

The Rundown

The Tigers got started early with three quick baskets to take a 6-0 lead in the game. After the Majors got five of those points back to answer, Trinity nailed three straight three-pointers to take the first double-digit lead of the game. Ashlyn Milton (Amarillo, Texas / Amarillo) got the streak started just before the five-minute mark, then Putnam and Napoli followed suit in the next 40 seconds to make it a 15-5 game. Millsaps closed the quarter with a 9-3 run, though, cutting it to an 18-14 game after the first 10 minutes.

Trinity got the lead up to eight early in the second quarter, but Millsaps continued to battle back to keep the game close. Napoli hit another three at the midway point of the quarter to push the lead to nine at 27-18, then Putnam kept it a nine-point game with her second straight basket just over a minute later. The lead grew to 12 on an and-one three-point play in the final minute, but the Majors scored twice in the final seconds to cut it to a 34-28 Trinity lead at the halftime break.

Putnam opened the third quarter with another triple to push the lead back to double figures. After both teams traded baskets after that, Maggie Shipley (Arlington, Va. / Yorktown) scored two field goals in less than a minute to spark six straight Trinity points and a 46-31 lead – the biggest of the game to that point. Millsaps broke up the run with a fastbreak layup, but another Shipley score started seven more unanswered and the lead ballooned to 20 points with just over three minutes left in the period. Millsaps knocked five points off that lead with just over a minute to play in the quarter, but a late three-pointer from A'Nnika Saenz (Edinburg, Texas / Edinburg) made it a 63-45 game heading to the final frame.

Any momentum the Majors had from the end of the third was gone by the time the fourth quarter started as Maggie Robbins (Plano, Texas / Plano) and Putnam hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 24-point game. Millsaps never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way as Trinity finished strong to secure the win.

Numbers to Note

Milton finished with 12 points, while Shipley scored 10 to join Putnam and Napoli in double figures for the game.

Robbins led the way with four steals, while Robbins and Napoli dished out three assists each. Saenz came off the bench for 17 total minutes, leading the team with six rebounds.

Coach Speak

"After scoring 140 points, it's expected to have a bit of a hangover," said Head Coach Cameron Hill. "For instance, last night's energy felt like we lost Doug. Today's energy felt like we needed to find Doug. In the end, when people wonder, 'what do Tigers dream of, when they take a little Tiger snooze,' the answer is winning. Great trip, ready to get home."

Up Next

Trinity is back in action on Friday, November 18, in one more road game to start the season, playing Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. The Tigers make their home debut for the 2022-23 season against Sul Ross State University on Sunday, November 20, at 3:00 p.m.