San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team scored a convincing 79-62 victory over Sul Ross State (TX) University on Friday night.
The Tigers came out strong, leading the Lobos 9-0 within the first five minutes of the opening quarter. Sul Ross fought back and got as close as five points with less than four minutes remaining, but Trinity closed out the first quarter leading 14-6.
Trinity took a 17-point lead, 27-10 with 6:34 remaining in the first half. The lead increased to 19 at the five-minute mark, and to 20 with 1:52 to play. Bolstered by shooting nearly 56% in the second quarter, Trinity held a 38-19 advantage at halftime.
Sul Ross geared up in the third and made over 53% of its shots. Down by as much as 22 points (24-46) the Lobos outscored the Tigers 20-12, as Trinity led 58-44 at the end of three quarters.
The Tigers took a 70-49 lead with less than seven minutes left in the game. Sul Ross came to within 17 points at 5:21, but Trinity again increased the lead to 21 at the 3:08 mark. In spite of a 9-5 scoring edge by the Lobos, the Tigers went on to win their fourth game in their first five outings.
The Tigers improved to 4-1, while the Lobos dropped to 1-2.
Emily Daniel paced two Trinity players in double figures with 17 points, hitting 6-9 from the field that included 2-4 from three-point range. She also hit 3-5 foul shots and pulled down five rebounds.
Julia Ackerman hit 4-7 from distance on her way to 12 points, as well as grabbing three rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Jordan Rudd chalked up four assists and four steals to lead the Tigers in both categories, adding seven points on 3-6 shooting.
Anna Muller contributed five rebounds and five blocks in nine minutes off the bench.
Trinity's 79 points scored is the second-highest total of the season - both of which have come at home. The Tigers hit 47.5% from the field overall, including 47.6% from three-point range. The defense held Sul Ross to just 31.5% shooting.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, December 15, when they hit the road to face off against Augsburg (MN) University.