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.
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.