Conway, Arkansas - Trinity's women's basketball team capped a weekend road trip with a 74-53 win over Rhodes (TN) College at the Cliff Garrison Classic on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers were on fire from the start, jumping out to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter. Trinity built that lead by shooting better than 56% from the field, and holding Rhodes to less than 20% shooting.
The second quarter was more of the same, as the Tigers upped the advantage to 28-8 with 7:48 left until the half. The Lynx closed to within 16 points a few minutes later, but it would be the closest they would get the rest of the way, and the Tigers took a 42-20 lead into the break.
After intermission, Trinity pushed to a 59-27 lead midway through the third quarter, which was the team's largest margin in the game. The Tigers held a commanding 65-33 advantage after three quarters.
Although Rhodes outscored Trinity 20-9 in the final quarter, the Tiger lead was too much to overcome.
The Tigers upped their record to 7-0, which marks the best start of the season under Head Coach Cameron Hill. It is also the best start for a Tiger team since the 2003-04 season, when Trinity began with an 8-0 record. Rhodes dropped to 1-5 with the loss.
Monica Holguin led the game with a 16-point performance, shooting 6-9 from the field, and adding three assists in just 17 minutes of court time.
Micah Weaver had a team-high eight rebounds and four steals off the bench for the Tigers, adding 14 points on 5-7 shooting.
Allison Staley supplied six assists to her teammates, along with scoring eight points. She connected on a pair of three-point baskets in the game, which move her into a tie for seventh on Trinity's all-time list.
Staley tied Kim Sayles (1998-02) in career three-pointers, and can tie Lauren Splawn (2011-15) for fifth in school history with three more three-pointers.
Trinity shot 49.1%, while Rhodes hit only 26.4% of its shots. The Tigers were effective in points off turnovers, leading the Lynx 27-9.
The Tigers head to Tacoma, Washington, December 17-18 for the Pacific Northwest Tournament. First up is the University of Puget Sound December 17, followed by Pacific Lutheran University the next day.