San Antonio – The 13th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team opened play at the Courtyard by Marriott University of Texas-Dallas Classic with an 89-56 victory over North Central (IL) College.
After a relatively slow start, the Tigers got going with an 11-0 run midway through the first quarter, turning a 10-4 deficit into a 15-10 lead. Trinity finished the quarter shooting nearly 57% from the field and holding a 22-14 advantage.
The lead was only nine points with just over five minutes remaining until the half when Trinity scored 10 of the next 11 points to turn the game into a blowout. North Central scored seven points in the final 1:07 to cut into the lead but the damage was already done.The Tigers took a 39-25 lead into the locker room.
Trinity shot just under 55% for the first half, while North Central was held to just eight total field goals made less than 24% from the field.
As if the first half wasn't enough, the Tigers came out on fire to start the second. The third quarter would prove to be the best of the afternoon for Trinity, which outscored North Central 32-12.
Trinity held North Central to just two field goals in the third quarter, and the period ended with the Tigers taking their largest lead at 71-37.
Three of Trinity's starters didn't play in the final quarter, but the Tigers still managed to push the lead out to 39 points (84-45) with 4:43 to play.
With its fifth win in the last six games, Trinity improves to 6-2 this season. North Central falls to 2-9 with the loss.
The Tigers had 13 players see action in today's game, and all of them played more than 10 minutes. Trinity forced North Central to commit 32 turnovers, marking the third time this season that the Tigers have forced 30 or more in a game.
Micah Weaver scored 20 points in just 20 minutes to lead all scorers, connecting on 9-12 from the field and 2-2 from three-point range.
Daniel finished with 14 points and tied two other Tiger players for the team lead with five rebounds. Mollie Hughes and Abby Holland also pulled down five boards, and Holland also chipped in with nine points and three blocks.
Ackerman drained 3-5 from beyond the arc, finishing with 11 points and four assists in just 17 minutes of action.
Jordan Rudd dished out a game-high seven assists in the game, as well as scoring nine points and making three steals.
The Tigers finish off the holiday weekend tournament with a game against Concordia (TX) University tomorrow at noon.