Shreveport, Louisiana - The 12th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team wrapped up its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road weekend with a 67-59 victory over Centenary College on Saturday.
The Tigers opened up an 11-point (23-12) lead after the first quarter of play, holding Centenary to just four field goals in the period, and forcing six turnovers by the Ladies.
Centenary hit two three-pointers for the only points of the first two minutes of quarter number two, trimming Trinity's lead to just five (23-18). By the four-minute mark, the Ladies were within one at 28-29, and the home team tied the game 31-31 with 1:36 to play in the first half.
Trinity didn't give up the lead, though, and closed the half with four unanswered points to escape with a 35-31 lead at intermission.
The Tigers hit a three-pointer to start the scoring in the third quarter and push the lead to seven points, but the Ladies refused to go down without a fight. Centenary scored 17 of the next 23 points to take the lead in the final minutes of the period, and held 49-47 advantage heading into the fourth.
Centenary led by as many as six early in the fourth, but Trinity hammered out a 12-0 run to reclaim control of the game with a 59-53 lead, and just 4:30 remaining on the clock. The game was not over, though, as the Ladies closed to within two just 90 seconds later.
Trinity answered with a layup, followed by two free throws, and the lead was back to 63-57 with 1:22 to play. Centenary missed four of its next five shots, and the Tigers sealed the game at the foul line.
The Tigers won their eighth consecutive game, and now stand at 22-1 on the season. Trinity leads the SCAC standings with an 11-1 record. Centenary dropped to 6-18 and 2-11 SCAC. The Tigers swept the regular-season series, beating the Ladies 81-58 last month in San Antonio.
Grace Horn lit up the board with a career-high 16 points, shooting 7-9 from the field. Horn also shelled out four assists, bringing her career total to 222.
Elizabeth Balido came off the bench to score 14 points, while mustering a team-leading nine rebounds. Monica Holguin contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Allison Staley led the matchup with three steals, along with posting a team-best five assists.
On Thursday, Trinity travels to Kerrville, Texas, for a 5:30 p.m. game at Schreiner University.