Irving, Texas – Trinity's women's basketball team opened up a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend of action with an 89-51 win at the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday evening.
The Tigers and Crusaders played a close game through the first quarter, but Trinity outscored the home team 20-2 in the second quarter to take a 41-20 lead at halftime.
Although Dallas shot 6-8 (75%) overall and 4-5 (80%) from three-point range in the first quarter, Trinity recorded eight steals and forced 11 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes of the game. The Crusaders led briefly with less than four minutes to play in the period, but never by more than one point.
Trinity scored the first 13 points of the second quarter to take a 34-18 lead and the only bucket allowed by the Tigers in the period came with 1:48 left in the half. After that basket, Trinity finished the period with seven more unanswered points. The defense was still outstanding as well, forcing 16 turnovers in the period.
It was more of the same after halftime, as the Tigers answered an early Dallas layup with a 12-0 run that put Trinity in front 53-22 with 7:24 left in the third quarter.
Trinity led by at least 28 points the rest of the game and the Tigers were up by more than 40 at one point in the fourth quarter.
The Tiger defense forced 44 total turnovers and swiped 25 steals – both of which are season-best totals for Trinity.
Trinity improved to 9-3 overall and 2-1 SCAC, while Dallas fell to 1-11 and 1-4 in league play.
Hailey Coleman and Abby Holland led Trinity with 30 of the team's 89 points. Coleman scored a team-best 16 points in 16 minutes, hitting 7-10 from the field. Holland knocked down 6-12 shots for 14 points, adding five rebounds and a team-best five steals.
Kelly Simmons came off the bench to record her first career double-double, scoring 11 points and tying her career-high with 10 rebounds. She also recorded a career-best four steals.
Wise connected on 4-6 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range for the top scoring game of her career as well.
Julia Ackerman finished the game with a career-high seven assists for the second consecutive game.
Trinity finished with 50 or more points in the paint for the second straight game, outscoring Dallas 50-20 in today's contest. The Tigers also led 18-2 in fast break points and held a 52-5 edge in bench scoring.
Trinity will return home to face Texas Lutheran University tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.