San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team opened its Thanksgiving Classic with a 74-49 victory over Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Saturday night.
The Tigers opened the game with a strong 15-3 run to take control early, but Hardin-Simmons closed to within five late in the quarter, and Trinity led 20-14 after the first.
After withstanding the run from the Cowgirls, Trinity blew the game open in the second quarter, outscoring Hardin-Simmons 24-10, and shooting 77% from the field.
After halftime, the Tigers extended their lead to nearly 30 at one point in the third quarter, and led by 28 (62-34) heading into the final quarter.
Though Hardin-Simmons cut into the lead slightly in the fourth, the Tiger lead was too much for the Cowgirls to overcome.
The Tigers continued their early-season undefeated streak and upped their record to 4-0. The Cowgirls suffered their first loss of the campaign, and dropped to 2-1.
Monica Holguin was on fire in the game, hitting 9-12 from the field - including 4-5 from three-point range - and scoring a team season-high 22 points. She also added three steals and five rebounds.
Micah Weaver contributed 13 points off the bench for the Tigers, knocking down 6-10 from the floor, and also swiping three steals.
Weaver and Holguin combined for 28 points in the first half, outscoring Hardin-Simmons (24) by themselves.
Abby Holland added 11 points to go with eight rebounds - another team season-high mark - and three steals.
Grace Horn's six assists set a Trinity high for the season.
Trinity's 74 point-game was the second-highest total this year. The 49 points by Hardin-Simmons amounted to the second-lowest total by a Tiger opponent.
The Tigers shot 48.1% for the game, and the Cowgirls were limited to just 25.9% shooting. Trinity's bench was dominating, outscoring Hardin-Simmons 32-8.
Trinity wraps up the tournament weekend by hosting Howard Payne (TX) University at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.