12th-Ranked Trinity Beats Texas Lutheran to Take SCAC Lead

12th-Ranked Trinity Beats Texas Lutheran to Take SCAC Lead

San Antonio - The 12th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team took over first place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 74-71 win over Texas Lutheran University on Saturday.


Trinity led by 11 with 4:43 remaining in the game, but Texas Lutheran rallied with a 14-4 run that made it a 72-71 Tiger lead with 1:03 remaining.

After Trinity missed a shot in the final minute, Texas Lutheran had a chance to take the lead, but the Tiger defense came up with a stop, and pulled down the rebound.  Senior Allison Staley was fouled in the final seconds, and she calmly sank both foul shots to seal the victory.

Despite a slow start, the Tigers wrapped the opening quarter trailing by just one point, at 16-15.  Texas Lutheran came out strong and led by as many as seven points, and shot better than 46% in the period.  Trinity shot under 30% in the opening 10 minutes, but rallied late to cut the lead to just one.

The second quarter was all Trinity, as the home team did not allow a field goal in the entire period.  Texas Lutheran picked up just eight points on free throws, and the Tigers took a 35-24 advantage into halftime.

The Tiger lead jumped as high as 13 points in the third quarter, but Texas Lutheran cut that to a 54-46 game by the end of the period.  

The final quarter was an offensive showcase, as both teams shot 58% or better. The Bulldogs cut the lead to seven, but could get no closer until the final three minutes.  Trinity led by 10 with 2:54 to play, but a 9-0 TLU spurt set up the dramatics in the final minute.



The Tigers won their sixth consecutive game, and improved their overall record to 20-1 and 9-1 in conference play. Trinity also avenged its only loss of the season, which was an 85-78 decision at Texas Lutheran last month. Texas Lutheran dropped to 17-5 overall record, and now holds a 9-2 mark in the SCAC. 

Four Tiger players scored in double figures, led by Micah Weaver's 21 points. Weaver shot 8-19 from the field, and 5-5 at the charity stripe, and also pulled down nine rebounds.

Abby Holland contributed 18 points, while Monica Holguin scored 16. Elizabeth Balido added 10 points off the bench, along with producing three steals.

In addition to her clutch free throws at the end of the game, Allison Staley also had three steals, while Grace Horn posted a game-high four assists.



The Tigers hit the road next weekend for two SCAC games. First up will be Austin (TX) College at 6:00 p.m. Friday, followed by a Saturday tilt against Centenary (LA) College, at 4:00 p.m.