San Antonio - The head women's basketball coaches of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference have picked the Trinity Tigers to win a third consecutive SCAC Championship.
Led by Head Coach Cameron Hill, the Tiger women captured their first back-to-back conference title by defeating Texas Lutheran University 78-67 in the finals of the SCAC Tournament last season in Georgetown, Texas. It marked the third championship in the five years Coach Hill has been at Trinity's helm. The Tigers also won the crown in 2013, and were runners-up the following two seasons.
After winning the SCAC Championship, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Trinity started the postseason event in Richardson, Texas, with an 82-74 victory over Hendrix (AR) College. The Tigers then claimed a second-round 77-66 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA) Colleges. Whitman (WA) College ended Trinity's season with a 69-59 decision in a round-of-16 game played at Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The Tigers finished the year with a 28-2 record. The 28 victories tied a Trinity single-season record. For his efforts, Coach Hill was elected the SCAC Coach of the Year, the D3hoops.com South Region Coach of the Year, and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Coach of the Year.
Now in his sixth season, Coach Hill can look forward to another successful campaign. The Tigers have been ranked seventh nationally by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Preseason Poll.
A number of key players have returned, including senior Micah Weaver, who was recently chosen as a Preseason Honorable Mention All-American by D3hoops.com. Last season, she earned a slot on the D3hoops.com All-South Region Second Team, and was tabbed as the SCAC Newcomer of the Year. Weaver led the Tigers in scoring with 15.8 points per game and a shooting percentage of 54.1%, as well as leading the team with 163 total rebounds.
Sophomore forward Abby Holland made the All-SCAC Third Team. Holland was third on the team with 11.4 points per game, and pulled in an average of 5.3 rebounds. Senior forward Mollie Hughes was selected for the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team. Hughes contributed 11.1 points and 4.0 rebounds each game.
Joe Shotland begins his fourth season as a Tigers assistant coach. Former Tiger player Allison Staley will serve as a student assistant coach.
Trinity opens the 2017-18 season November 17-18 at the Bruin Classic in Newberg, Oregon. The Tigers take on Willamette (OR) University the first day, and play the host George Fox University the next.
The Tigers will host the Trinity Thanksgiving Classic November 25-26, meeting Hardin-Simmons (TX) University and the University of Texas-Tyler, respectively.
The conference schedule for Trinity begins at home January 5, with the University of Dallas (TX). The Tigers then host Colorado College January 6. The SCAC Championship is slated for February 23-25, 2018, at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.