San Antonio – Trinity's 22nd-ranked women's basketball team opened up its final week of the regular season with a 76-56 victory over Hardin-Simmons (TX) University.
After slow starts by both teams, Trinity scored eight unanswered points to turn an 8-8 tie into a 16-8 lead with just 1:38 left in the first quarter. Hardin-Simmons hit back-to-back three-pointers to close out the quarter, though, and the Tigers lead was just 16-14 after one.
Hardin-Simmons tied the game with the first bucket of the second quarter, but seven straight Trinity points started a 14-2 run that pushed the Tiger lead to double figures for the first time in the game. The Cowgirls got it back to single digits and Trinity led 38-29 at the break.
Trinity caught fire in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 25-16 overall and building an 18-point lead by the time the period was over. The Tigers shot over 57% from the floor and also hit 9-13 from the foul line to pull away.
It was nearly two minutes before either team scored in the fourth quarter, but Trinity managed an 8-0 run that pushed its lead to 26 points (71-45). The Cowgirls finally got on the board after almost five scoreless minutes, but the damage was done.
Trinity's defense forced 31 turnovers and recorded 22 steals in the game, holding the Cowgirls to just 33.3% shooting that included 9-33 (27.3%) in the second half.
Trinity improved to 19-3 with the win, which is the second victory of the year over the Cowgirls. Hardin-Simmons falls to 5-19 with the loss.
Kate Irvin had a career night off the bench for the Tigers, more than doubling her previous career high with 24 points on 11-15 shooting. Irvin also grabbed six rebounds in her 23 minutes of action.
Emily Daniel also reached doubles figures with 16 points in just 21 minutes off the bench, as well as pulling down a team-high eight rebounds and four steals.
Micah Weaver was the only other Trinity player to reach double figures, with 13 different players seeing action in the game. Weaver was 5-9 from the field in just 18 minutes, recording four steals and three boards.
The Tigers return to action on Thursday to take on Schreiner (TX) University in Kerrville, Texas, at 7:30 p.m.