San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team collected its ninth straight win with a 74-49 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference home victory over Colorado College Saturday night.
Despite the final score, the first quarter was surprisingly close as both teams started off slowly on offense with five field goals each in the first 10 minutes. Colorado used a 14-8 rebounding edge - including seven on the offensive glass - to keep the game tight with Trinity leading 15-12 after one.
The hometown Tigers were better all the way around in the second quarter, holding Colorado under 30% shooting in the period and pouring in 19 total points to take a 34-22 halftime lead. The quarter began with Trinity scoring 12 of the first 14 points to take a 27-14 lead. Colorado cut the lead down to seven with just over two minutes left in the first half, but Trinity ended the quarter similar to how it started by scoring seven of the final nine points.
After halftime, Trinity's lead continued to grow and reached as high as 18 points in the third quarter. Colorado knocked in seven straight to pull within 11 points (50-39) with less than a minute to go in the period, but Trinity hit a late three-pointer to jump back in front 53-39 heading into the final 10 minutes.
Trinity scored the first three points of the final quarter, but Colorado answered with back-to-back baskets to keep it a 13-point game in the opening minutes. That's when Trinity exploded with seven straight points in just 73 seconds to make it a 63-43 lead. Trinity continued to pull away, putting the game out of reach with what was eventually an 18-4 run that spanned a little more than six minutes and put the home team in front 74-47 with less than two minutes to play.
The Tigers improved their overall record to 14-3 and stand alone atop the SCAC standings with a 7-1 mark, while Colorado dropped to 8-10 overall and 5-5 in SCAC play.
Abby Holland tied her career-high for the second time this season with a game-leading 23-point performance, shooting 9-15 from the field and sinking 5-6 free throws. Holland also pulled in eight rebounds to go with three assists and three steals.
Hailey Coleman added 10 points and paced the Tigers with nine rebounds. Coleman shot 5-8 from the field and blocked three shots.
The Tigers ended up shooting just under 44% for the game, while the defense held Colorado to 30.4% shooting and forced 27 turnovers. Trinity wound up with a 31-10 margin in points off turnovers and a 26-10 lead in bench scoring.
The Tigers continue their SCAC campaign Tuesday in Georgetown, Texas, with Southwestern (TX) University at 5:30 p.m.