Tacoma, Washington - The Trinity women's basketball team opened its first road trip of the year with a 66-57 victory over Pacific Lutheran (WA) University on Friday night.
The Tigers opened up the game with a 10-3 run and never looked back, hitting just over 47% from the field and holding Pacific Lutheran to just 5-16 shooting in the quarter. Trinity also forced 11 turnovers in the opening frame and led 19-13 after one quarter.
Pacific Lutheran chipped away at the lead throughout the second quarter, as Trinity never led by more than nine points, and the home team rallied to a 21-24 deficit with just over three minutes remaining in the half. The Tiger defense allowed just three points over the next three minutes and took a 29-24 lead into the break.
Trinity started quickly after halftime, using another 10-3 run to push the lead to 12 points (39-27) in less than three minutes of action. The Lutes closed the quarter by scoring eight of the last nine points over a 2:47 stretch to head into the final quarter with the Tigers holding just a 44-41 lead.
Pacific Lutheran scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter to trim the lead to one, but Trinity answered with six unanswered points to push the lead back to 50-43 with 8:18 to go in the game. The Lutes clawed back within four just a few minutes later, then trimmed the lead to just 58-55 with 2:14 remaining.
After both teams traded missed shots, Pacific Lutheran had to start fouling, but Trinity was ready, hitting 8-8 from the line over the final 47 seconds to seal the win. Jordan Rudd hit 6-6 at the charity stripe to lead the way, while Abby Holland sealed the evening with her two foul shots with six seconds left.
The Tigers improved to 2-0, while the Lutes opened their regular season and stand at 0-1.
Trinity last played Pacific Lutheran in December 2016 in Tacoma, which resulted in an 81-62 Trinity win.
Abby Holland led the game with a career-high 22 points, shooting 8-14 from the field, sinking 6-7 free throws, and posting a game-best five steals.
Jordan Rudd also had a career night, scoring 16 points on 4-7 shooting from the field, and going 8-11 at the line. Rudd pulled in six boards, shelled out three assists, and made three blocks and three steals.
Trinity hit 44.2% of its shots, while Pacific Lutheran made 33.3%. The Tigers led the Lutes 32-8 in points off turnovers, forcing a total of 27 turnovers in the game.
The Tigers will compete in the McArthur Classic on Saturday, facing off against tournament host University of Puget Sound (WA) at 6:00 p.m. (PST).