Sherman, Texas - The 12th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team held off a scrappy Austin College squad to claim a 63-56 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Friday night.
Despite falling behind 10-2 early in the first quarter, the Tigers were able to rally to within two points (11-13) after the first 10 minutes of action. Trinity took its first lead of the game just 11 seconds into the second quarter with a three-pointer from Micah Weaver.
Trinity held Austin to just 2-12 shooting in the second quarter, and the Tigers took a 24-20 lead by intermission. Neither team shot better than 30% in the first half, and both teams were just 2-14 from three-point range.
Austin improved its shooting in the third quarter, but the Tigers maintained its lead. Trinity took its biggest lead of the game (35-26) with 3:36 remaining in the period, but the Kangaroos scored seven unanswered points down the stretch to get within two. A Tiger three-pointer in the final seconds pushed the lead back to five, at 38-33.
Despite the comeback attempt, Trinity was able to hold the lead until an Austin three-pointer put the home team in front 51-49 with 4:30 remaining in the game. The Kangaroos led 54-52 with 2:26 left, but the Tigers hit back-to-back shots as part of a 6-0 run to wrestle back control of the game with 35 seconds to go.
Trinity then hit 5-6 from the foul line in the final 28 seconds to seal the win. The Tiger defense also held Austin to just two points over the final 2:26 of the game.
The Tigers won their seventh consecutive game, and now are sporting a 21-1 overall record. Trinity remains atop the SCAC standings with a 10-1 mark. Austin College dropped to 16-7 and 8-4 SCAC. The Tigers swept the season series with the Kangaroos, as Trinity beat Austin College 67-54 last month in a home game.
Monica Holguin led Friday's game with 20 points, and registered her third double-double of the season, by pulling in 10 rebounds. Holguin also shelled out a team-best four assists.
Micah Weaver came off the bench to score 18 points, on 7-13 shooting from the field, and hitting 4-7 of her shots beyond the arc. Allison Staley contributed eight points, while grabbing six rebounds. Rachel Chavez led the game with four steals, and scored seven points in the process.
Grace Horn dished out three assists, moving into the top 10 in school history for a career. Horn passes Megan Selmon (1999-03) on the all-time list.
The Tigers travel to Shreveport, Louisiana, Saturday, to take on Centenary College in an SCAC matchup at 4:00 p.m.