San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team claimed its fifth consecutive victory with a 70-45 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference decision over Texas Lutheran University on Saturday night.
Trinity scored the first six points of the game to take the early lead and never trailed, though Texas Lutheran kept the game close for most of the first quarter. The Bulldogs scored five unanswered late in the quarter to make it a slim 18-17 lead for the Tigers, but Trinity finished the period with a 7-0 run to take an eight-point advantage after one.
The Tigers opened the lead to as much as 11 points in the second quarter, but Texas Lutheran battled back to a seven-point deficit with 3:39 left in the half. Trinity was once again outstanding down the stretch, finishing with eight straight points to close the period and take a 41-26 lead at the break.
The second half began with Trinity scoring 11 of the first 14 points to push the lead over 20 and the game was essentially out of reach. The Tiger defense held the Bulldogs to just nine points for the second straight quarter to widen the lead heading into the final period. After scoring 17 points in the first quarter of the game, Texas Lutheran was limited to just 28 points the rest of the way, shooting under 25% in each of the final three quarters.
Trinity improved to a 10-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the SCAC. Texas Lutheran dropped to 8-6 overall, dropping its first conference game of the season to move to 4-1.
Abby Holland led four Tigers in double figures in the game, scoring 13 points to go with nine rebounds and a pair of steals.
Hailey Coleman chipped in with 12 points and seven boards, shooting 6-8 from the floor.
Trinity's defense limited the visitors to 26.9% shooting in the game, which marks the lowest this season for a Trinity opponent. The Tigers also held the Bulldogs to just 13.3% shooting from beyond the arc.
The Tigers also recorded a season-best 58 rebounds and out-boarded Texas Lutheran by 16.
Trinity heads to Colorado next weekend for two SCAC games. First on the agenda is a matchup Friday, January 11, at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.