Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Trinity women's basketball team suffered a rough 92-50 road loss to third-ranked University of St. Thomas (MN) on Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com)
Trinity led for the opening minutes of the first period, but St. Thomas used an 11-0 run to pull in front 15-7 with just under three minutes left. The Tigers got the lead back to three with 1:39 remaining, but the Tommies hit the final two shots of the period to take a 21-14 lead after one.
St. Thomas scored nine of the first 10 points of the second quarter to push the lead to 15 points, but Trinity stayed in the game with eight unanswered to cut the lead in half. The Tigers were within seven points again in the final minute, but St. Thomas scored four points in the final 42 seconds to make it a 41-30 halftime lead.
The home team exploded to blow the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring Trinity 29-10 to lead by 30 points heading into the fourth quarter. The strong shooting continued for St. Thomas throughout the second half, hitting better than 60% from the field after the break. The Tigers made just eight baskets in the third and fourth quarters, shooting under 26% overall and missing all nine three-point attempts.
The Tigers fall to 5-2 after the loss, while St. Thomas remains undefeated at 9-0 this season.
Abby Holland led Trinity with nine points in the game, adding three rebounds and two assists.
The Tigers shot just 33.3% from the field overall, while St. Thomas was red-hot with a 58.2% shooting game that included better than 52% from three-point range.
Trinity will open up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on the road against Austin (TX) College. The Tigers and Kangaroos will tip off at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18.