San Antonio - The 12th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team opened its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend with a 90-64 victory over Southwestern (TX) University Friday night.
Trinity built up an 18-10 lead in the final minutes of the first quarter, but Southwestern shot better than 50% in the period, and rallied to within three points (20-17) by the end.
The Tigers caught fire in the second quarter, using a 16-0 run to take a 36-20 lead. The Pirates didn't get closer than 14 points after that, and Trinity took a 48-33 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was more of the same for the home team, as Trinity shot 60%, and built a 30-point lead (75-45) heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Though Southwestern managed a 19-15 edge in the fourth, the Tigers had already clinched the game. The Pirates never got closer than 20 points after the two minutes of the third quarter.
The Tigers won their fifth straight game, and upped their overall record to 19-1. Trinity stands at 8-1 in SCAC competition. Last month, Trinity beat Southwestern 77-71 in Georgetown, Texas. The Pirates are 8-13 and 5-5 SCAC.
Monica Holguin led all scorers with a season-high 22 points. Holguin shot 9-20 from the field, sank 3-3 free throws, and shelled out four assists.
Abby Holland added 17 points, hitting 5-10 of her shots. Holland went 7-9 at the charity stripe, and led the game with four steals.
The 90 points scored by Trinity was the second-highest total this season. The Tigers led the Pirates 30-12 in points off turnovers.
Trinity concludes its SCAC home weekend by hosting Texas Lutheran University at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. TLU handed Trinity its only loss this season, with an 85-78 decision last month in Seguin, Texas.