Irving, Texas - The 16th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team concluded its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road weekend with a 76-61 victory over the University of Dallas Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers leapt out to an 8-2 lead within the first two minutes of the first quarter. Trinity continued to control the game as they went up 12-4 with 5:09 remaining. The Crusaders were able to bring the game to within 4 points with a little over a minute to play, but a strong Trinity defense was able to hold off the home team as the Tigers led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Tigers wasted no time getting back to work in the second quarter. Trinity built up a 12-point lead (28-16) at 8:02 in the second quarter. The Crusaders were once again able to battle back to within four points with 3:40 remaining, but Trinity kept plugging away and led 37-30 at halftime.
Dallas again made it a four-point game (35-39) at 8:34 in the third, but a 14-3 run by the Tigers gave Trinity a 53-38 lead at the 3:45 mark. The scoreboard at Maher Center read 57-46 in favor of Trinity after three quarters of play.
The Tigers did not let up in the fourth quarter as they led by 16 points (66-50) with 5:57 left to play. Dallas was able to come within 13 points of the visitors, but the relentless Trinity squad added another notch to their win column.
The Tigers are now sporting a 16-1 overall record and are in second place behind Texas Lutheran University in the SCAC standings with a 5-1 mark.
Micah Weaver led all scorers with a 23-points performance, shooting 9-19 from the field and sinking 4-4 free throws. Weaver also led the game with a team season-high six steals. She also paced the Tigers by dishing out five assists and seven rebounds.
Monica Holguin contributed 12 points, connecting on 6-11 of her shots. Holguin also grabbed five boards and stole the ball four times from the Crusaders.
Allison Staley scored nine points, shooting 3-5 beyond the arc. This afternoon's game puts Staley at 117 three point field goals made in her career, which moves her to fourth in Trinity's record book. Elizabeth Balido scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds to aid the Tigers' efforts.
Trinity produced a season-high 23 steals against the Crusaders. The 32 turnovers committed by Dallas tied for a season-high by a Trinity opponent. The Tigers led 32-12 in points off turnovers.
Next weekend, the Tigers return home to host Colorado College at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. They will face the University of Dallas again next Saturday at 4:00 p.m.