Sherman, Texas - Trinity's women's basketball team began Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 61-52 loss at Austin (TX) College on Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers had a rough start to the game, missing their first 13 shots before finally connecting on a field goal in the final minute of the first quarter. The good news was that Austin also had a fairly slow start with just 4-15 shooting and it was just a 13-5 lead after one.
The Kangaroos extended the lead with seven straight points to start the second quarter, though, and Trinity's scoring drought continued. The Tigers continued to struggle shooting the ball, hitting just 3-19 from the field and 1-7 from beyond the arc in the second period. After Trinity got within 12 points in the final minutes of the half, the home team rattled off eight unanswered to close the quarter. Austin had its best period of the game, putting up 19 points to take a 32-12 halftime lead.
The third quarter was a different story altogether as Trinity staged a rally and hit 11-16 from the field and 8-11 from three-point range, tallying 30 points in the period to make it a 42-47 deficit heading into the final 10 minutes. Austin still shot well at over 45%, but took just 11 total shots and missed all four three-point attempts in the period. The Tigers clawed back into the game with a 17-3 run that cut the lead to just four points (39-43) with 1:25 left in the third.
Trinity opened the fourth quarter with four straight points to make it a 46-47 game, but the Tigers had two missed shots and committed two turnovers that kept them from pulling in front. Austin hit a three-pointer with 6:38 remaining to push the lead back to four, then held a six-point advantage with less than three minutes left.
The Tigers made one final push with back-to-back buckets to make it a 52-54 game with 1:39 left, but that would be the final points of the game for Trinity, which missed its final four shots. Austin scored a layup with 39 seconds left, then hit 5-6 at the line to hang on for the win.
The Tigers now stand at 5-3 and 0-1 SCAC after dropping its second consecutive game - the first time since 2014-15 that Trinity has lost back-to-back games. The Kangaroos improved to 8-1 and 1-0 in conference play.
This also marks the first time during Head Coach Cameron Hill's tenure that the Tigers have lost the conference opener. Trinity is now 10-5 overall against Austin under his leadership (since 2012-13), as well as falling to 5-3 on the road against the 'Roos.
Anna Muller ripped down a game-best 17 rebounds for the Tigers, which is the most by a Trinity player since the 2013-14 season. Muller also added seven poitns and four blocked shots.
Julia Ackerman paced the Tigers with 15 points on 5-14 shooting from beyond the arc. Emily Daniel was the only other Tiger player to reach double figures, hitting 3-7 from three-point range on her way to 11 points. Both players added six rebounds each.
Trinity was held under 30% shooting for the game, while Austin shot just over 40% for the contest. Austin also forced 20 turnovers and led the Tigers 19-7 in points off those turnovers.
The Tigers wrap up their SCAC road trip in Shreveport, Louisiana, taking on Centenary (LA) College at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.