Colorado Springs, Colorado - The twentieth-ranked Trinity women's basketball team wrapped up its road weekend in conference play by pulling away late in the fourth quarter to grab an 82-74 victory over Colorado College.
The first exchange of the ball game set the tone for the rest of the first half. Despite turning the ball over and conceding the first points of the game, Trinity quickly responded with a three pointer to let the home team know that they wouldn't go down without a fight.
The two teams continued to battle throughout the first quarter, and neither team were able to grab a firm lead. In fact, the score was tied at three different points in the first stanza, and the two teams went into the second quarter tied 20-all.
The second proved to be much of the same, and despite earlier offensive pressure by Colorado College, Micah Weaver responded twice in the first two minutes with layups of her own to keep the game tied.
Trinity went on an 11-4 run though to take a seven point lead with just over three minutes left in the first half to mark their largest advantage of the game. Colorado College responded by scoring seven of the last nine points, closing the gap and making it a 40-38 Trinity lead going into the break.
Both teams shot extremely well in the first half. Colorado College shot 57.1% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. True to the theme of the game, Trinity tied the home teams three-point percentage, but were sitting with a 51.7% field goal percentage heading into the locker room.
The second half proved to be much of the same, as both teams continued to battle to take control of the contest. Colorado College was able to make it a 44-44 tie game with 7:58 remaining in the third quarter. Trinity was able to regain the lead, and a three-pointer from Julia Ackerman with just under three minutes left to play in the quarter gave the visiting team a 56-50 advantage.
The home team was able to bring the game to within two points, but Trinity held on and took a 62-58 lead going into the final quarter.
Colorado College was to take their first lead since the first half with 7:33 left in the game, but Weaver responded by scoring her 32nd point of the game to give the Tigers a mere 67-66 lead.
The home team was determined to make Trinity earn the win though and took back the lead roughly two minutes later, but this time it was Mollie Hughes that responded to swing the game back in Trinity's favor. Hughes' layup kick started an 11-2 run for the Tigers to close out the game and earn a well fought 82-74 victory.
Trinity now sits at 18-3 this season and 11-1 in SCAC play, while Colorado College drops to 8-16 and 5-8.
Weaver led all players in scoring with 37 points, which is the seventh-most of any Trinity player for a single game. She was on fire shooting 14-21 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc. With today's performance, Weaver has now amassed over 400 points this season and is one of only six other players in Trinity history to reach this milestone twice.
Hughes had one of her best all around games, as she picked up 19 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists. She shot 6-10 from the field and went 7-10 at the charity stripe.
First-year Emily Daniel was the only other Tiger player to reach double digits. She chipped in 10 points, shooting 4-9 from the field. Daniel led Trinity with three of the team's eleven steals.
The Tigers will return home Tuesday, February 13, to take on Hardin-Simmons (TX) University at 6:00 p.m.