Denver, Colorado - The Trinity women's basketball team met Johnson & Wales (CO) University for the first time and registered a decisive 89-43 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on Saturday.
The Tigers were hot both offensively and defensively as Trinity took a 10-2 lead in the first quarter. The Wildcats closed to 8-12, but Trinity surged ahead to lead 25-11 after the opening stanza.
The second quarter was more of the same situation as Trinity held a 20-point advantage at the 7:43 mark. The Tigers outscored the home team 25-12 in the second quarter and led 50-23 at halftime. One factor was Trinity's accurate shooting as the Tigers hit 54.1% of their first-half shots, while the Wildcats could muster only a 25% mark.
Midway through the third quarter, Trinity led Johnson & Wales 64-27. A 13-6 scoring run after that point in the game gave the Tigers a huge 77-33 lead.
With 7:24 to go in the game, the Tigers made a layup and led 79-35. The Wildcats closed the gap to 40 points at 5:21, and again with 4:11 remaining. Trinity's taut defense did not allow a scoring play the rest of the way.
Trinity upped its overall record to 12-3 as the Tigers chalked up their seventh consecutive win. The Tigers are now in a three-way tie for the SCAC lead with a 5-1 mark.
Johnson & Wales remained winless with an 0-13 overall mark and an 0-8 record in conference play.
Hailey Coleman paced the Tigers with a 14-point game, shooting 7-9 from the field and pulling in seven rebounds. Coleman has now scored in double digits for five games in a row.
Abby Holland contributed 13 points to the winning cause, going 6-12 from the field. Holland also led the matchup with five steals.
Kelly Simmons tied for the game lead with nine rebounds to go with her six points. Anna Gilliatt grabbed seven boards, while Julia Ackerman dispatched four assists to her teammates, stole the ball four times, and scored six points.
Trinity's point total was the fourth-highest of the season, while the Wildcats score was the lowest by an opponent during the campaign.
The Tigers shot 50% from the field and limited Johnson & Wales to just 25% shooting, for an opponent's season-low mark.
A number of categories were completely dominated by the Tigers, including points off turnovers (30-5), and bench points (45-3).
Trinity and Johnson & Wales will have a rematch Friday, January 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Calgaard Gym.