San Antonio – The 20th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team earned a 78-66 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win at home against Texas Lutheran University on Friday night.
Trinity scored seven unanswered points midway through the first quarter to take a 14-8 lead, but Texas Lutheran came right back to tie it up minutes later. The two teams scored just two total baskets over the final three minutes, and the Tigers led 16-14 after one.
The second quarter saw both teams score more than 20 points, and while Trinity held the overall advantage by shooting 50% in the quarter, Texas Lutheran hit 5-9 (55.6%) from three-point range to take a 38-37 lead into the locker room.
After an early three-pointer cut Trinity's lead to just 20-17, the Tigers went on an 8-0 run to make it a double-digit advantage. The Bulldogs came right back with a run of their own and eventually tied the game 31-31 with less than three minutes to go before the half.
Texas Lutheran scored with just 16 seconds left to go up by four, but Rachel Chavez hit a three in the final moments to cut the lead to just one.
The game was close the entire third quarter as neither team led by more than three points, and the teams tied the score seven times over the 10-minute span. Trinity held a 56-55 edge after the Bulldogs scored a controversial buzzer-beater as time expired.
The fourth quarter started with Texas Lutheran hitting a three-pointer to take a 58-56 lead, but Trinity owned the quarter by shooting 6-12 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range. The Tiger defense also held TLU to just 2-14 (14.3%) shooting and forced six turnovers.
After the first shot by the Bulldogs, the Tigers went on a 17-2 run that effectively ended the game with just under five minutes remaining. Texas Lutheran never got closer than 10 the rest of the way, and Trinity didn't allow a field goal over the final 3:55 of the game.
Trinity won for the 10th time in the last 11 games, as well as improving its home record to 9-1 this season. The Tigers are now 15-3 overall and 8-1 in conference play. Texas Lutheran falls to 7-13 and 3-6 in the SCAC with the loss.
Mollie Hughes poured in a career-high 23 points for the Tigers, hitting 10-12 from the field and adding three blocks in just 22 minutes of action. It also marked her sixth career 20-point game, though it is her first of the 2017-18 season.
Micah Weaver led all players with 25 points and nine rebounds in the game, hitting 9-14 from the field, 3-3 from the foul line and 4-7 from beyond the arc. Weaver also finished with three assists and three steals.
Trinity will host Southwestern (TX) University on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. to finish off its SCAC weekend at home.