Shreveport, Louisiana - The Trinity women's basketball team scored a decisive 77-44 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Centenary (LA) College Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers never trailed in the game and set the tone by blocking the first shot attempt of the game to deny a layup for Centenary in the opening seconds. Trinity went on a 10-2 run to start the game, then scored eight of the final 10 points of the first quarter to take a 21-9 lead.
Centenary answered a Tiger bucket with a three-pointer to start off the second quarter, but Trinity followed that by scoring 16 consecutive points to put the game out of reach at 39-12 with under five minutes to play in the first half. The Tigers outscored Centenary 22-7 in the second period, taking a 43-16 lead into the break after shooting neaarly 53% from the field and holding the Ladies to just 24.1% (7-29) shooting.
Trinity had another strong quarter in the third, finishing with a 23-15 scoring edge and never allowing Centenary to get any closer than 25 points after the break. The Tigers led 66-31 after three periods, then pushed the margin to over 40 points in the fourth quarter. The Ladies did score 10 of the game's final 12 points, but the outcome had already been decided by that point.
The Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak and improved their overall record to 6-3, and now stand at 1-1 in the SCAC. The Ladies dropped to 3-7 and 1-1 SCAC.
Trinity moves to 14-0 in SCAC play with Centenary, including an 8-0 road record in the series. The last three meetings in Shreveport had been decided by less than 10 points.
Abby Holland led all scorers with 14 points on 6-10 shooting and also posted a game-high three steals.
Hailey Coleman shot 5-8 from the field to reach 10 points, as well as recording three blocked shots.
Sam Henry contributed seven points and two steals, and Annie Wise also chipped in seven points. Emily Daniel had six points and two steals, while Anna Muller blocked four shots to go with her six points.
The 44 points allowed is the lowest of the season for a Tiger opponent, while the offense contributed its third-best scoring output of the year. Trinity posted its best shooting percentage of the season so far, while also holding Centenary to 28.3% shooting - the best defensive effort of the year.
The Tigers will host Hendrix (AR) College at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, which is the opening game of the Trinity Christmas Classic.