Irving, Texas - The third-seeded Trinity women’s basketball team beat the No. 6 Austin College Kangaroos 63-56 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers (21-5) will take on second-seeded and defending champion Texas Lutheran University in the semifinals at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Top seed Southwestern University and fourth-seeded Schreiner University meet in the other semifinal matchup. The championship game is slated for noon Sunday, with the winner assured a slot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Anecia Richardson and Lauren Splawn each scored 14 points to pace the Tigers. Richardson shot 4-6 from the field and was perfect at 6-6 from the free throw line. She also pulled in five rebounds. Splawn went 5-10 from the field and 4-9 beyond the arc, while shelling out three assists. Hannah Coley contributed 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Caitlin Barrett led the game with three steals and a Trinity-high four assists, as well as adding nine points. Taylor Hollins chipped in with eight points and posted a game-best eight rebounds, while Bryony Harris brought in seven boards for Trinity.
The game was close throughout, with the Tigers clinging to a 26-24 lead at halftime. In the course of the quarterfinal contest, there were eight ties and 11 lead changes. The largest lead by either team was seven points, which came midway through the second period.
Coley tied the game (54-54) with a layup at 3:05 on the clock. Splawn widened the lead by sinking a three-pointer a minute later. The ‘Roos kept at it and came within one point with a minute to go, but Splawn fired in another basket with 47 seconds on the clock, and Trinity led 59-56. Coley and Richardson were fouled and each dropped in two free throws in the final 11 seconds to ice the win.
Austin College (11-15) was led by Christina Kime (17 points) and Kendall Heitmeier (16 points). Trinity swept the season series of the Kangaroos, winning 64-48 on January 9 at Sherman, Texas, and 74-68 on February 13 in Sams Gym.
Saturday’s semifinals will be a rematch with Texas Lutheran, which edged Trinity 54-52 in last year’s championship tilt in San Antonio. The two teams split their season series, with each winning at home.