San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team has been picked to win a fourth consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in exclusive voting by the league's head coaches.
Led by seventh-year Head Coach Cameron Hill, the Tigers won their third straight championship last year with an 80-74 victory over Southwestern (TX) University. The Trinity "three-peat" tied a conference record set by DePauw (IN) University from 2006-2008. It also marked the fourth SCAC Championship in the past six seasons with Coach Hill at the helm.
Trinity earned a slot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the third straight time and the fourth under Coach Hill's leadership. The Tigers came up short 79-70 to the University of Texas-Dallas in the opening round and finished the season with 23-4 overall record. Trinity completed the SCAC season with a 13-1 mark.
Coach Hill will have the services of eight returning players from last season, including three All-SCAC honorees and two starters. There are also nine newcomers eager to help the Tigers win another championship.
Junior forward Abby Holland earned All-SCAC First Team accolades last season and was a Third Team recipient the previous year. Holland started 25 games and was second on the team with 14.5 points per game, as well as rebounds with 149 in her column (5.7 per game). An excellent shooter, Holland recorded a .455 mark from the field and also registered 55 steals.
Sophomore guard Emily Daniel made last year's All-SCAC Third Team. Daniel was third in scoring with 9.7 points per game and fired in .428 from the field. The sharp-shooting Daniel also made .429 of her shots beyond the arc and had 55 steals and 31 assists.
Julia Ackerman, also a sophomore guard, was an All-SCAC Honorable Mention selection. Ackerman averaged 5.9 points per game and was second on the squad with 64 assists.
Senior guard Rachel Chavez started all 27 games last season. Chavez recorded a .324 shooting percentage, shelled out 47 assists to her teammates, and stole the ball 33 times.
Trinity opens its season November 12 by hosting Concordia (TX) University in Calgaard Gym. The Tigers' SCAC campaign begins December 18 at Austin (TX) College in Sherman, Texas.
The home conference season starts January 5 as the Tigers take on Texas Lutheran University. The conference tournament is slated for February 22-24 at Texas Lutheran in Seguin, Texas.