Georgetown, Texas - The 12th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team continued its undefeated campaign with a 77-71 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Southwestern University on Friday.
The teams played a tight first quarter, but the Tiger defense forced eight turnovers in the period, and took an 18-14 lead.
Trinity won the second quarter as well, hitting 50% (7-14) from the field and 3-6 from three-point range, and the Tigers were up 39-32 at the intermission.
The third quarter saw Trinity sprint to a double digit lead, and despite a comeback attempt by Southwestern that cut the lead to six (43-49), the Tiger advantage had ballooned to 60-48 heading into the final 10 minutes of action.
After the Tigers grabbed their largest lead of the night early in the fourth (63-50), Southwestern rallied with a 13-1 run to get within a point with 3:31 to play. Trinity responded with a run of its own, scoring 11 unanswered points to make it a 75-63 game. That run effectively ended the threat, and vaulted the Tigers to the win.
The Tigers extended their flawless season to a 14-0 overall record, and a 3-0 mark in the SCAC. The Pirates dropped to 5-9, and 2-1 SCAC. Trinity and Southwestern will meet again February 3 in Sams Gym.
Five Tigers players scored in double figures, paced by Allison Staley's season-best 18 points. She hit 6-12 from the field and 5-9 from beyond the arc. Staley also moved into fifth place on Trinity's all-time list for three-pointers made, with 112 in her career.
Abby Holland contributed 15 points, a team-best five rebounds, and three blocked shots. She scored seven of Trinity's final 11 points to squash Southwestern's fourth-quarter rally.
Monica Holguin added 13 points, shooting 6-6 at the charity stripe, along with accounting for five steals and five assists. Mollie Hughes and Micah Weaver scored 10 points each, while Grace Horn recorded five steals.
Southwestern committed 27 turnovers in the game, while Trinity only had 11. The Tigers led 38-16 in points off turnovers.
The Tigers continue their SCAC road weekend Saturday in Seguin, Texas, taking on Texas Lutheran University at 4:00 p.m.