Georgetown, Texas - The eighth-ranked Trinity women's basketball team earned its fifth consecutive berth in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship game with a 75-59 victory over Schreiner (TX) University.
The Tigers used an 11-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 17-8 advantage midway through the first quarter. Schreiner closed to within five points with a late three-pointer, and Trinity led 23-18 at the end of the period.
The Mountaineers got as close as three points in the second quarter, but could never draw even with the Tigers. The period closed with Trinity scoring 13 of the final 16 points over a span of just over four minutes, and the Tigers took a commanding 43-30 lead at the break.
Trinity continued to pull away after halftime, pushing the lead as high as 22 points (58-36) with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Schreiner did cut into that lead a little at the end, but the Tigers remained in control with a 60-44 lead.
The two teams both scored 15 points in the final quarter, but Trinity's lead was too much in the end. The closest Schreiner got was within 13 points, but that came in the final two minutes when the game was essentially out of reach.
The top-seeded Tigers won their 11th consecutive game, and improved their record to 25-1. Each of the last three wins have come against Schreiner, which falls to 11-16 this season.
The 25 wins marks a career-high for Head Coach Cameron Hill, and ties for the second-most wins in school history.
Micah Weaver paced the Tigers with 18 points on 7-12 shooting, and also pulled down five rebounds in the win.
Grace Horn shelled out three assists, and increased her career total to 234. Horn now stands in eighth place in career assists in the Trinity record books.
The Tigers led the Mountaineers 21-4 in points off turnovers, while Trinity's deep bench outscored the Schreiner subs 30-13.
Trinity plays for the SCAC Championship at noon Sunday, against the winner of second-seeded Texas Lutheran University and #3 Austin (TX) College. The conference champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.