Newberg, Oregon – The #7 Trinity women's basketball team rallied in the second half, but came up just short in a 65-61 loss at #22 George Fox University on Saturday night.
The Tigers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half of play, but stormed back to make it a great finish between the two nationally-ranked squads.
Scoring a layup with less than five minutes left in the game, Trinity took the lead for the first time since the first quarter.
The Tigers then scored on a fast-break to go up 52-49 with 4:17 left, but George Fox answered with back-to-back layups of its own to go back in front less than a minute later.
The see-saw finish continued with Trinity reclaiming the lead on a bucket with 3:19 to play. George Fox then took back control with a three-point basket on its next possession, taking a 56-54 advantage with under three minutes to go.
The teams exchanged layups to keep it a two-point game, then Trinity knocked down a pair of foul shots to tie the game 58-58 with less than two minutes remaining.
George Fox hit two free throws of its own to take the lead with 90 seconds to play, but Trinity missed a go-ahead three and committed a turnover after coming away with the offensive rebound.
After the Bruins hit a shot to go up four with 39 seconds left, Trinity turned two more offensive rebounds into a three-pointer that made it a 62-61 game with just 13 seconds to play.
George Fox hit 3-4 free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Trinity's defense was impressive throughout the game, forcing 33 turnovers and grabbing 22 steals, but the offense was held to 37.7% shooting overall and 21.1% shooting from beyond the arc.
George Fox connected on 7-18 (38.9%) from three-point range, and also held a 22-5 advantage on made free throws. The Bruins hit 22-28 (78.6%), and the Tigers were 5-10 (50%).
Trinity fell to 1-1 after winning its season opener last night in the Bruins Classic Tournament, while George Fox moves to 2-0 this year.
Weaver finished with 27 points on 11-23 shooting, as well as collecting seven steals and five rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Weaver's 27 points is the second-best single game total of her career, and she was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts.
Holland connected on 8-16 from the floor for 17 points, pulling down six rebounds to go with five steals of her own.
Mollie Hughes tied Holland for the team lead with six rebounds, but scored just six points on 2-13 shooting for the night.
The Tigers return home next weekend to host the Trinity Thanksgiving Classic. Trinity will face Hardin-Simmons (TX) University and the University of Texas-Tyler on Saturday and Sunday.