San Antonio - The 18th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team continued its undefeated campaign with a 77-58 victory over Hanover (IN) College on Wednesday.
After falling behind 9-2 early, the Tigers rallied to within two points (17-19) after the first quarter of play, and then taking a slim 34-33 advantage into halftime.
Trinity was on fire in the third quarter, expanding the lead considerably with a 25-7 margin. After three quick buckets by the Tigers, Hanover answered with four straight points to get to within three at 40-37 with 7:25 remaining.
After that, Trinity went on a 19-3 run that pushed it to a 59-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Tigers did the most damage on defense, holding the Panthers to 1-12 (8.3%) shooting in the quarter.
Hanover got no closer than 15 points the rest of the way, and the teams tied the final 10 minutes 18-18 for the final score.
The Tigers continued their strong start to the season, and now hold a 10-0 record, while Hanover dropped to 4-5. Trinity extends its best start in school history with the win.
Three Tiger players scored in double figures, led by Mollie Hughes with a game-high 21 points. Hughes, who posted a personal-best this year in points, shot 9-13 from the field, and blocked a team season-leading five shots. The versatile Hughes also recorded three steals.
Grace Horn dished out six assists, and tied the team season-high in helpers. Horn also stole the ball three times from the Panthers.
Trinity shot nearly 42% from the field, while Hanover made just over 35% of its shots.
Turnovers were a big part of the game as Hanover committed 32 giveaways, while the Tigers made 18. Trinity capitalized and led 29-10 in points off turnovers. The hard-charging Tigers also led 16-2 in fast-break points.
The Tigers return to action Thursday, December 29, to host 15th-ranked George Fox (OR) University at 3:00 p.m.