Sherman, Texas – Trinity's 16th-ranked women's basketball team lost its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game of the season in a 79-70 road defeat at Austin (TX) College.
Both teams scored on their first possession, but then Austin went on a tear with 16 straight points to take an 18-2 lead with just over four minutes gone in the first quarter. The Tigers got going late in the quarter, but the 'Roos still led 25-11 after one.
After Austin had maintained that lead through the opening minutes of the second quarter, Trinity went on a powerful run of its own, scoring 16 of 19 points to take its first lead of the game at 35-34 with just over a minute left.
Austin managed the only basket of the final 80 seconds, though, and took a 36-35 lead into the locker room.
Trinity hit just 1-8 from the floor to start the game, but still managed to rally by hitting 6-7 shots during its second quarter run. Austin started the game by converting six of its first seven shots, but the home team managed just 7-26 (26.9%) shooting after that.
Austin scored eight of the first 10 points to regain control of the game in the opening minutes of the third quarter. The home team outscored Trinity 20-10 overall in the period to take a 56-45 lead into the final period.
The Tigers caught fire on both ends of the court in the fourth, using a 12-3 run to cut the deficit to just two points (57-59) with 4:32 to play.
Austin answered with seven unanswered points over the next 1:10 to push the lead back to nine, but Trinity would not go quietly with seven straight points of its own to make it a 66-64 Austin lead with just over two minutes left in the game.
Back within three points just moments later, Trinity was charged with a foul that also led to a technical foul with just over a minute left. Austin sank all four foul shots to push it back to a seven-point game, and made 11-12 at the line over the last 63 seconds to seal the win.
Trinity had its longest win streak of the season snapped at nine games, falling to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in SCAC play. Austin improved to 15-5 and 8-1 SCAC, avenging last week's loss to the Tigers in San Antonio.
Micah Weaver led the Tigers with 20 points and seven rebounds, tying for the top point total in the game. Weaver also added three assists and a pair of steals, as well as shooting 7-16 overall and just 1-6 from beyond the arc.
Julia Ackerman connected on five three-pointers off the bench to reach 15 points, while Emily Daniel added 13 points and four steals as a Tiger reserve. Abby Holland scored 14 points to go with four rebounds.
Trinity will return home for a pair of SCAC home games next weekend, beginning with a Friday night matchup with Texas Lutheran University at 7:30 p.m.