San Antonio – The 20th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to earn an 88-80 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Southwestern (TX) University on Saturday.
Trinity scored six of the game's first seven points, but in a theme that would repeat for most of the game, Southwestern fought back quickly to stay in it.
The Pirates led by two after scoring seven straight points, but the Tigers used an 11-3 run to take a 20-13 lead in the final seconds of the quarter. Southwestern hit a shot as time expired to cut that lead down to five.
The second quarter was Trinity's time to shine, hitting 9-16 (56.3%) from the field and 4-8 from beyond the arc. The Tigers started by pushing the lead to double digits, but the Pirates answered back with an 8-0 run to make it a 28-26 game with 3:36 left until the half.
Trinity closed the half on fire with an 18-6 run that included eight of the final nine points of the half. The Tigers held a comfortable 46-32 lead at the break.
Despite that 14-point halftime margin, the Tigers couldn't shake free after Southwestern scored 29 points in the third quarter to make it a close game heading into the final 10 minutes.
Southwestern scored nine straight points in less than three minutes and the Trinity lead was just five at 50-45. The Pirates continued their barrage and actually took a brief 59-57 lead with less than two minutes left in the third.
Trinity scored five quick points to reclaim the lead and held a narrow 62-61 margin as the teams entered the fourth quarter.
The Tigers led by five points early in the fourth, but the Pirates went back in front for a moment after scoring six straight points. Trinity scored eight of the next 10, though, and the lead was back to five with just over four minutes to go.
After Southwestern made it a 78-75 game with 2:58 left, Micah Weaver hit a three-pointer to double Trinity's lead, then the Tigers forced turnovers on back-to-back possessions.
Weaver's steal and breakaway layup made it an eight-point game to essentially seal the game with 1:34 remaining. Trinity hit 5-6 from the foul line in the final 45 seconds to make it official.
Trinity has won 11 of its last 12 outings, improving to 16-3 overall and 9-1 in SCAC play. Southwestern had its five-game winning streak snapped and falls to 10-12 overall and 6-5 in conference.
Micah Weaver enjoyed one of her best all-around games to lead the way for the Tigers, scoring 27 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists. Weaver hit 10-17 from the field and 5-9 from three-point range, as well as adding three steals.
Abby Holland hit 9-12 free throws on her way to 17 points, as well as pulling down a game-best 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. She tied her career-high in rebounds and now has three career double-doubles.
Emily Daniel drained four three-pointers and eight field goals overall to score a career-best 21 points. The game marks the second 20-point game of the season for the first-year player.
Trinity heads to the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday to open a conference weekend on the road. The Tigers tip off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9.