Tacoma, Washington - The Tiger women's basketball team finished off a road weekend with a gritty 57-55 victory over the University of Puget Sound (WA) on Saturday night.
Trinity was able to prevail despite being out-shot and out-rebounded by the home team. The Tigers hit just 32.2% from the field, compared to 43.1% shooting for the Loggers, and Puget Sound held a 38-33 edge in rebounding.
The Tigers did force 21 turnovers - committing just 11 themselves - and led 16-10 in points off turnovers. Trinity also held a decisive edge at the free throw line, hitting 16-22 from the charity stripe. Puget Sound shot better than 85% from the line, but had just seven total attempts.
Despite an early 2-0 lead, Trinity trailed for virtually the entire first half of action. Puget Sound led by as many as six points in the first quarter and took an 18-14 advantage into the second quarter.
The Tigers did lead again briefly at 19-18 early in the second, but the Loggers scored seven straight points after that to regain control of the game. Trinity got to within three points by halftime, trailing just 28-31.
Puget Sound started strong with six unanswered points in the third quarter, but Trinity took over from there with a 16-0 run that kept the Loggers scoreless for nearly eight full minutes. The Tigers flipped that early deficit to a 44-39 lead at the end of the quarter.
Trinity's run continued into the fourth quarter, pulling ahead by nine points at 48-39 with 8:30 to play. Puget Sound rallied to within three just over two minutes later and then tied the game 50-50 with 3:36 remaining, but the Tigers never fell behind.
Abby Holland converted a three-point play after being fouled with 2:09 left to put Trinity up 54-50, then hit another layup on the next Tiger possession to extend the lead to six points with less than 90 seconds to play.
Puget Sound nailed a three-point shot with 1:16 left to cut the lead in half, but then missed a potential game-tying three with 19 seconds left. Jordan Rudd hit 1-2 at the line to make it a four-point lead with 10 seconds left, and despite a last-second layup by the home team, Trinity held on for the win.
Trinity remained unbeaten at 3-0 this season, while Puget Sound dropped to 1-1 on the year.
Abby Holland poured in a game-leading 22 points, tying the career-best scoring total that she set just last night in a win against Pacific Lutheran (WA) University. The game also marked her sixth career 20-point game. She was the only Tiger player in double figures, hitting 8-18 from the field and 6-8 from the foul line, and also adding a team-best six rebounds.
Abby Wilson added nine points to lead all Trinity reserves, hitting two of the team's three three-pointers made in the game.
Julia Ackerman had a well-balanced stat sheet with seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals.
Sam Henry also had three assists to tie Ackerman for the team lead, as well as adding four points on 4-4 free throws in just four minutes of action off the bench. Kelly Simmons chipped in with six points and four rebounds as well.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday in Abilene, Texas, taking on Hardin-Simmons (TX) University at 6:00 p.m.