San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team remained undefeated with a 54-46 victory over the University of Texas-Dallas on Wednesday evening.
Trinity was able to overcome a dismal offensive start to the game, connecting on just 3-14 (21.4%) from the field, and scoring just six points.
The Tiger defense, however, kept the home team in the game by holding UT-Dallas to just 5-15 (33.3%) shooting, and the Comets lead was just 14-6 after the first quarter.
UT-Dallas picked up a basket early in the second to push the lead to double figures (16-6), but Trinity went on a 13-3 run that tied the game 19-19 with just over 90 seconds remaining.
This time it was UT-Dallas that scored just six points in a quarter, and Trinity's offense got on track to give the Tigers a 25-20 lead at the break.
Both teams had another low-scoring quarter after halftime, and UT-Dallas held a slight 12-9 advantage to cut Trinity's lead to 34-32 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, and the game was in the balance to the end. UT-Dallas took a 46-45 lead with a pair of free throws inside of two minutes, but the Tigers scored the final nine points of the game to nab the victory.
Allison Staley and Micah Weaver scored all nine points for Trinity over the final 1:51 of the game, combining for 7-7 from the free throw line, and Staley also assisted Weaver on a layup and foul to convert a three-point play down the stretch.
The Tigers maintained an unblemished 3-0 record, while the Comets dropped to 2-2.
Monica Holguin led all scorers with 14 points, while also adding four rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes of action.
Trinity held a 13-5 advantage in points off turnovers, and forced UT-Dallas to commit 30 total turnovers in the game. The Tigers suffered just 15 turnovers of their own in the game.
Trinity will host the Thanksgiving Classic Saturday and Sunday. First up will be Hardin-Simmons (TX) University at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. The tournament ends with a 4:00 p.m. tilt with Howard Payne (TX) University at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.