San Antonio - The undefeated Trinity women's basketball team wrapped up its Thanksgiving Classic with a 72-58 victory over Howard Payne (TX) University on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers opened the game with seven unanswered points, then led by seven again with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter, but Howard Payne closed with an 8-1 scoring run to force a 15-15 tie after one.
Howard Payne knocked down a three-pointer early in the second quarter to take its first lead in the game, but Trinity quickly tied it back up, and never trailed again. The Tigers allowed just seven more points after the initial shot by the Lady Jackets, and Trinity took a 36-25 lead at halftime.
The Tigers pushed the lead to 43-29 with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter, but an 11-0 run by Howard Payne cut that advantage to just three points with 3:17 left in the period. A late three-pointer by Trinity made it 53-47 after three.
In the final quarter, Howard Payne got to within four points (60-56) with a three-point shot, but Trinity responded with six straight points to push the lead to 12 points with 4:24 to play in the game. The lead never got below double figues after that decisive run by the Tigers.
Trinity now stands at 5-0, while Howard Payne dropped to 2-4.
Monica Holguin posted a double-double of 19 points, and a team season-high of 12 rebounds. Holguin also led the game with five assists, while chalking up two steals. She shot 7-15 from the field, and 4-6 from 3-point range.
Abby Holland contributed 14 points and six rebounds, connecting on 6-12 from the floor.
Molllie Hughes and Micah Weaver scored 13 points each, and Weaver also finished with eight boards in the game. The duo combined to go 12-13 at the foul line as well.
Trinity recorded a season-best 47 rebounds, and shot nearly 42% from the field, while hitting over 58% beyond the arc. Howard Payne was limited to 31% overall shooting, and 22% from three-point range.
Trinity's deep bench came through, and outscored Howard Payne's subs 19-7.
The Tigers will play away from home for the first time this season next weekend, taking on Hendrix (AR) College and Rhodes (TN) College in Conway, Arkansas.