San Antonio - The 17th-ranked Trinity women’s basketball team scored a 60-46 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over defending SCAC champion Southwestern University on Saturday evening.
Trinity bounced back from its first conference loss of the season, as the Tigers fell to Texas Lutheran University Friday night. Tonight's win over the Pirates, marked the second-lowest point total by a Tiger opponent this season. Trinity improved to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in SCAC competition. Southwestern stands at 5-11 and 2-3 SCAC. Their next meeting will be February 6 at Georgetown, Texas.
"Any conference win is a good win, and this was also a good bounce-back win for us," said Trinity Head Coach Cameron Hill. "Southwestern is a good team, and they play really hard. I know she (Southwestern Head Coach Lori Morris) is going to get them going."
Mollie Hughes led all scorers with 20 points, shooting 7-11 from the field. Natalie DeWitte contributed 10 points, while Monica Holguin added nine. Elizabeth Balido paced the Tigers with eight rebounds, and Ashley Alexander stepped up and made four assists, while Caitlin Barrett had three.
The depth of Trinity’s team was made evident as the Tiger subs outscored their counterparts 27-12. Another key stat was the fact that Trinity scored 17 points off Southwestern turnovers, compared to only two for the Pirates.
"Our bench came into the game tonight and gave us great effort," said Coach Hill. "They were able to be productive. I always have faith in our bench that they can do that. It's relaly awesome when they come in and get it done."
Audrey Garcia led Southwestern with 13 points, while Tori Carraway contributed 12. Garcia and Carraway each pulled in eight rebounds.
The Tigers led 38-21 at halftime, fueled by Hughes’ 13 first-half points and limiting Southwestern to just 29% shooting. Trinity led by as much as 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Pirates could get no closer than 13.
"We absolutely made progress," concluded Coach Hill. "We took too many threes against TLU. We didn't exhibit the discipline that we need in getting the ball below the foul line. The point of emphasis today was to just force the ball into the post, and react to the defensive coverages. If we get open threes, we are going to take them, but we are going to make it an emphasis to get the the ball in the paint. Our execution was great. Mollie did a great job holding her position, and we made some great post feeds. We were able to get it done."
Trinity will host Schreiner University in an SCAC game at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.