San Antonio – Behind a record-tying 42 points from senior Micah Weaver, Trinity's 15th-ranked women's basketball team won a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference showdown with Austin (TX) College 95-82 on Saturday.
Despite Austin grabbing a 3-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game, it was Trinity that was in charge from the start. The Tigers blitzed the Kangaroos with a 13-3 lead in less than three minutes, scoring 11 unanswered points to take control of the contest.
Trinity led by as many as 13 in the opening quarter, but Austin hit a pair of shots in the final 1:06 to drop the lead back to single digits at the end.
After Austin hit a three-pointer to start the second quarter scoring, the Tigers scored nine straight points to take a 35-20 lead with under seven minutes left in the half.
Trinity led by 17 points just over a minute later, and while Austin rallied to within 10, the visitors would get no closer as Micah Weaver scored eight straight Tiger points. Trinity took a 51-35 lead into halftime after shooting 57.9% from the field, paced by a 17-point quarter from Weaver.
The Tigers scored the first bucket of the third quarter, but Austin kept coming back – this time with eight unanswered points to cut the lead back to 10 again (53-43) with 6:59 left in the period.
Weaver completed a three-point play to push it back to 13 on the next Tiger possession, but the 'Roos scored 12 of the next 14 points to make it a 58-55 game with just under three minutes remaining in the third.
Trinity closed the quarter on a 12-4 run, though, and the home team led 70-59 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
The Tigers struck first in the fourth to make it a 13-point game, but Austin was able to trade scores with Trinity to stay within reach in the opening minutes.
The Kangaroos got to within six points in the final minutes, but Trinity hit 10-11 from the free throw line in the final 2:34 to pull away in the end.
Trinity remains atop the SCAC standings with a 6-0 record in conference play, and the team's eight-game winning streak improves the overall record to 13-2. The Tigers also snapped Austin's 11-game winning streak, and the Kangaroos fall to 13-5 overall and 6-1 in SCAC play.
Micah Weaver put forth one of the best performances in Trinity basketball history, tying the single-game record with a 42-point night. Weaver joins Terri Hailey (1980) and Jennifer Warren (1995) as the school's record-holders. She is just the third player in school history to score 40 or more in a game.
Weaver scored 26 of her 42 points in an incredible first half. She hit 10-11 from the floor and 3-3 from three-point range, as well as pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out six assists. Weaver connected on 7-7 from the field had 17 of the team's 25 points in the second quarter alone.
All told, Weaver had 42 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 15-20 from the field and 9-12 from the free throw line.
Emily Daniel was the only other Trinity player to reach double figures, scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
The first-place Tigers will now hit the road to begin the second round of conference play, starting with a January 26 game against Centenary (LA) College at 7:30 p.m.