Newberg, Oregon - The seventh-ranked Trinity women's basketball team opened its campaign with a 62-46 victory over Willamette (OR) University Friday night at the Bruin Classic.
After a slow start that put the Tigers behind 5-0 in the opening minutes of the game, Trinity took its first lead with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. That started a 9-0 run for the Tigers that led to a 17-13 lead after one period of action.
Willamette used the end of the first and the beginning of the second to put together a run of its own and go back in front 20-17 less than two minutes into the quarter. Trinity's layup in the final minute made it a 29-27 Tiger lead at halftime.
The third quarter turned the game around for the Tigers, who held an 18-8 scoring advantage, and held Willamette to just two made field goals. Trinity shot 8-18 (44.4%) in the quarter, and had 16 points combined from Abby Holland and Mollie Hughes.
Trinity went on a 10-0 run to start the third, and Willamette never got the lead under double digits after that. The Bearcats did score five unanswered to make it a 47-37 game early in the fourth, but the Tigers scored six of the next seven to stop the rally and secure the win.
The Tigers forced 26 turnovers and held Willamette under 35% shooting in the game, as well as holding a 36-18 advantage in points in the paint.
The Tigers won their opening game of the season for the third consecutive year, and are now 4-2 in season openers under Head Coach Cameron Hill.
Abby Holland led the game with 18 points on 8-16 shooting, as well as leading the Tigers with five steals and seven rebounds.
The Tigers conclude the tournament by taking on the 22nd-ranked host George Fox University at 6:00 p.m. (PT) on Saturday.