Minneapolis, Minnesota – Trinity's women's basketball team opened up a road trip weekend with a 59-55 victory over Augsburg (MN) University on Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com)
Trinity hit the first basket for an early lead, but it was Augsburg that enjoyed a strong start to the game, jumping out to a 10-2 lead with 5:30 left in the first period. The Auggies still led by eight with under two minutes to go in the period, but the Tigers scored the last five points to trail 14-11 after one.
Midway through the second period, Trinity used an 8-2 run to take a slim 26-24 lead, but this time it was Augsburg that closed out the quarter strong. The Tigers scored just one point over the final 2:58 of the half, and the Auggies jumped in front 32-27 at the break.
The Tigers rallied to tie the game 37-37 with 4:19 left in the third period, then took a brief 43-40 lead with back-to-back three-pointers in the final minutes. Augsburg hit a three-pointer of its own with 25 seconds left to tie the game heading into the final period.
Trinity scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Augsburg answered with a 7-0 run to jump back in front 50-48. The Tigers rallied once more with eight unanswered points, taking a 56-50 lead on a three-pointer with just 2:07 remaining in the game.
Augsburg made one final push by scoring five of the next six to get within two, capped by a three-point play with 67 seconds to go. Trinity missed a shot from distance on its next possession, then Augsburg also missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer with 15 seconds to play.
Augsburg was forced to foul with eight seconds left, and Sam Henry knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to clinch the Tiger victory.
The Tigers improved their record to 5-1 this season, while Augsburg had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-2 on the year.
Trinity's defense held Augsburg to just 36.7% shooting in the game, including 5-22 (22.7%) from three-point range.
Both teams had 20+ turnovers, leading to Augsburg getting a 25-16 advantage on points from those miscues. The Auggies also kept themselves in the game with 18 offensive rebounds that led to an 18-4 advantage on second-chance points.
Trinity will face off against third-ranked University of St. Thomas (MN) at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.