San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team posted its eighth consecutive victory with a convincing 81-30 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference decision over Johnson & Wales (CO) University Friday night.
The first quarter was tightly played, though Trinity never trailed in the game. The Tigers turned a narrow one-point advantage into a 13-6 lead with just over a minute remaining in the period by scoring six unanswered points. Johnson & Wales bounced back with four points in a span of 12 seconds to get within three, but Trinity hit the final shot to take a 15-10 lead after one quarter.
Trinity started off the second period with an 18-0 run that put the game out of reach as the Tigers never led by less than 16 points the rest of the way. The Wildcats got to that 16-point deficit late in the period, but Trinity hit a pair of baskets in the final 18 seconds - including a buzzer-beater by Kelly Simmons - to take a 20-point lead into halftime.
After the half, the Tiger defense was outstanding in allowing just nine total points over the final 20 minutes. Trinity yielded just two field goals in each quarter and gave up just two points over the final 9:43 of the game. The Tigers also forced 42 total turnovers, including 23 after halftime.
The Tigers upped their overall record to 13-3 and stand at 6-1 in SCAC competition. The Wildcats remained winless at 0-14 and 0-9 SCAC.
Hailey Coleman led all scorers with a 16-point performance, shooting 8-10 from the field and pacing the Tigers with seven rebounds. Coleman has now scored in double digits for six consecutive games.
Emily Daniel contributed 10 points to the winning cause, shooting 5-9 from the field. Daniel also had five rebounds, along with two blocks and two steals.
Miranda Vega made 4-5 from the floor to chip in eight points to go with three assists. Sam Henry and Abby Holland scored seven points each on the night, while Holland also added five boards and four steals.
The 30 points scored by Johnson & Wales marked a season-low by a Trinity opponent. The Tigers shot 50% from the field, tying the second-highest percentage of the campaign. The Wildcats were limited to just 25% shooting, tying a season-low by the opposition.
The Tigers were dominant in the paint, outscoring the visitors 60-8 and outrebounding the Wildcats 41-27 in the game. Trinity also led 43-8 in points off turnovers and the Tiger bench outscored the Wildcats subs 40-4.
Trinity takes on Colorado College in a home SCAC matchup at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.