San Antonio – The 13th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team opened up the Trinity Christmas Classic with a 77-46 win over the University of Puget Sound (WA).
Trinity took its first lead of the game with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter and the Tigers never trailed again. After a steal led to a layup in the final seconds, Trinity led 19-15 after one quarter.
The second quarter began with the teams trading baskets, then the Tigers scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a 33-19 lead with 1:41 left until the half.
Puget Sound got to within 12 points in the final minute of the second quarter, but Trinity scored six points in the final 20 seconds to take a 41-23 lead at the break. The Loggers never got any closer that 18-point deficit the rest of the game.
The Tigers held Puget Sound to just eight points in that second quarter, then followed that with a 15-7 advantage in the third to put the game out of reach.
Trinity shot better than 43% from the field in the game, helped by a strong showing from beyond the arc. The Tigers were 10-17 (58.8%) from three-point range, and held Puget Sound to just 21.7% (5-23) shooting from distance.
Trinity earned its fourth consecutive win to improve to 5-1 this season, while Puget Sound falls to 5-5 on the year.
Emily Daniel added nine points and five rebounds to lead a Trinity bench that accounted for nearly half of the team's points tonight. Mallory Lancaster and Julia Ackerman chipped in with eight points each.
The Tiger defense yielded just eight field goals in each half, holding the Loggers to 30.2% (16-53) in the game, and forcing the visitors to commit 26 turnovers.
Trinity will finish off the tournament with a nationally-ranked matchup against eighth-ranked Whitman (WA) College tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.