San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team opened its campaign with a 72-53 home victory over McMurry (TX) University on Tuesday night.
Both teams started off slowly, but the Tigers made up for it by taking a 17-9 lead after the opening quarter.
Trinity scored eight unanswered points to take a 25-9 advantage less than two minutes into the second quarter of play. McMurry quickly hit back with a run of its own to cut the lead to 10 points at 25-15, but it was the closest the War Hawks would get the rest of the way. The Tigers led 42-25 by halftime.
After a short burst by McMurry to start the third quarter, Trinity took complete control of the game with a 69% shooting period. The Tigers held McMurry scoreless over the final 5:17 of the third, turning a 50-33 game into a 62-33 blowout.
McMurry won its only quarter to close out the game, but the Tigers were also able to get all 13 active players into the game.
Trinity accounted for 18 steals in the game, and McMurry made 10. The Tigers shot over 44%, and the War Hawks hit over 34% of their shots.
Monica Holguin scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half of play, and she finished in a tie for the game-high in scoring. She hit 6-8 from the field and 5-6 free throws, as well as accounting for three assists and three steals.
Abby Holland made her collegiate debut with a 10-point game, along with pulling in seven rebounds, and accounting for three steals. First-year player Jillian Cready also grabbed seven rebounds. Grace Horn and Rachel Chavez each stole the ball three times from the War Hawks.
The game marked the beginning of the fifth season at the helm for Head Coach Cameron Hill.
Trinity will remain at home this weekend, hosting LeTourneau (TX) University at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.