Colorado Springs, Colorado - The 16th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team opened its two-state Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road swing with a 75-43 victory over Colorado College Friday night.
Trinity set the tone for the game by surging to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter. After the first stanza had finished, the Tigers led 23-10, shooting 50% from the field.
The Tigers continued their scorching first half into the second quarter, shooting nearly 59% from the field in the period. Trinity's taut defense did not permit a score until the 6:38 mark in the quarter. The scoreboard read 45-22 in favor of Trinity at the end of the first half, with the Tigers shooting over 54%.
Colorado College had its best quarter in the third, but couldn't gain any ground as both teams were dead even with 17 points each in the period. Trinity had a short dry spell, but still led 62-39 heading into the final 10 minutes of action.
The fourth quarter was all Trinity again, as the stifling Tiger defense held the home team to just four total points. Trinity held Colorado to just 1-20 shooting in the fourth, and didn't allow a point over the final 8:01 of the game.
The Trinity Tigers upped their overall record to 15-1, and now stand at 4-1 in SCAC competition. Colorado College dropped to 2-15 and 1-5 SCAC. The two teams do not have long before their next meeting, as the two Tiger teams will tangle on Friday, January 27, in Sams Gym.
Three Trinity players scored in double figures, led by Monica Holguin's 17-point performance. Holguin shot 6-15 from the field, and was flawless at the charity stripe, going 5-5.
Micah Weaver added 15 points on 6-8 shooting, and also accounted for three steals. Abby Holland contributed 14 points, with her 6-9 shooting from the field. Holland led the matchup with four steals, and tied with Elizabeth Balido for the team lead with eight rebounds.
The 43 points scored by Colorado College was a season-low mark for a Trinity opponent. The Colorado Tigers shot 23.1%, also a season-low figure from a Trinity opponent. Trinity shot 44.3% from the field, and sank 12-13 free throws (92.3%). Trinity led 24-5 in points off turnovers, and 46-16 in points in the paint.
The Tigers continue their SCAC road trip Sunday in Irving, Texas, taking on the University of Dallas at noon.