Abilene, Texas - The Trinity women's basketball team lost its first game of the season in a 76-68 road decision at Hardin-Simmons (TX) University Tuesday night.
Trinity scored the first four points of the game and didn't trail in the first quarter until Hardin-Simmons edged in front 12-11 with 2:28 remaining. The two teams didn't score again until the final 48 seconds. The Tigers got a go-ahead three-pointer from Jackie Layng to pull in front 14-12, but Hardin-Simmons answered with a buzzer-beating three to take a 15-14 lead after one.
The Cowgirls never gave up that lead, either, despite several comeback attempts by Trinity. The second quarter was the best of the night for Hardin-Simmons, outscoring Trinity 23-16 overall, shooting nearly 59% from the field, and holding the Tigers to just 27.8% shooting and only five field goals. Despite that, Trinity was down just eight at the half, 30-38.
The Tigers began the second half by scoring four straight points to cut the lead in half, but Hardin-Simmons answered with a three-pointer to push it back to a 41-34 advantage. As the clocked ticked under four minutes remaining in the third, Julia Ackerman knocked down a three-pointer that made it a 45-48 deficit, but the Cowgirls scored nine of the next 11 points to push the lead to double figures. Trinity got the final basket of the third to make it a 59-51 HSU lead heading into the final quarter.
After Hardin-Simmons scored seven unanswered points to start the fourth, Trinity was forced to play catch-up over the final 7:56 of the game. The Tigers began with a 9-2 run that made it a 68-60 HSU lead with just over four minutes left, then cut the lead down to six points with 1:13 remaining. Trinity missed its final three shots, though, and Hardin-Simmons hit a pair of free throws to seal it in the final seconds.
Trinity stands at 3-1 so far this season, while Hardin-Simmons remained undefeated at 4-0.
Emily Daniel tied for the game's lead with 19 points, shooting 9-15 from the field, and pulling down four rebounds.
Abby Holland chipped in 11 points to go with five rebounds, and she was the only other Tiger player in double figures.
Hailey Coleman pulled in a team season-high 10 rebounds, while scoring eight points and chalking up four steals.
Julia Ackerman also posted four steals and led the team with three assists, while adding five points and five rebounds.
Trinity hit less than 40% of its shots in the game, while Hardin-Simmons hit 50% from the field overall and better than 47% from beyond the arc. Trinity was just 5-17 (29.4%) from three-point range.
The Tigers will host Sul Ross State (TX) University at 6:00 p.m. Friday.