San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team opened its campaign with a 91-73 victory over Concordia (TX) University Monday night in Calgaard Gym.
The Tigers never trailed in the game and the last time the home team wasn't in the lead was at the 8:40 mark of the first quarter of action. That's when Trinity rattled off three straight layups to pull ahead by six points. Concordia stayed within striking distance with some three-point baskets, but the Tigers turned a slim 13-10 lead into a double-digit margin by scoring nine of the next 11 points. The lead remained at 10 points at the end of the quarter, as Trinity opened the season with 29 points in the first period.
The two teams went back and forth early in the second quarter, but Trinity blew past the visitors with a 17-2 run that made it a 50-29 lead with just over two minutes left before the half. Trinity shot nearly 54% from the field in the opening half, holding Concordia to 32% shooting, and taking a 57-36 lead into the locker room.
Concordia never got closer than 18 points in the second half, despite 16 Tiger players seeing action in the game. No Trinity players saw more than 25 minutes of action in the game. Concordia actually led 19-15 in fourth-quarter scoring, but the deficit was too much to overcome by that point.
The Tigers began their season and stand at 1-0, while the Tornados dropped to 0-2.
Head Coach Cameron Hill opened his seventh season at Trinity's helm. The Tigers have now won six consecutive home openers under his leadership.
First-year Hailey Coleman made an impressive collegiate debut by scoring a game-leading 24 points. Coleman shot 11-15 from the field and tied for the team's lead with seven rebounds.
Abby Holland scored 13 points and was flawless at the free throw line, going 7-7. Holland also pulled in seven boards and dished out three assists.
Emily Daniel and first-year Kelly Simmons each contributed 12 points to the winning cause. Daniel shot 6-10 from the field and made four steals, while Simmons shot 5-10 and also pulled down five rebounds.
Trinity shot 45.3% in the game, and Concordia hit 35% of its shots. The Tigers led the Tornados 46-38 in rebounds.
The Tigers bench was especially effective as Trinity led Concordia 40-28. Additionally, Trinity held a 52-16 advantage in points in the paint.
The Tigers head to Tacoma, Washington, this weekend, starting with a matchup with Pacific Lutheran (WA) University on Friday at 4:00 p.m. PST .