San Antonio - The Tiger women's basketball team remained on top of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 75-52 victory over Centenary (LA) College on Saturday evening.
Trinity took over the game from the start, sprinting out to a 20-0 lead less than six minutes into the opening quarter. The Tigers cooled off a little at the end of the period, but still held a 23-11 lead after Centenary hit a three-pointer in the final seconds.
The visitors also hit the first shot of the second quarter to bring the lead to single digits at 23-14, but Trinity responded with a 12-2 run that included nine straight points and put the Tigers in front 35-16 with 3:40 left in the first half. That margin remained the same by halftime, as Trinity took a 42-23 advantage into the locker room.
Midway through the third quarter, the Tigers had pushed the lead to 29 points after starting the second half with a 12-2 run. Trinity led by as many as 30 points in the period, but Centenary got a basket and two free throws in the final 26 seconds to make it a 63-37 game heading into the fourth.
The closest Centenary got the rest of the way was a 22-point deficit in the final seconds, but the game was out of reach before the quarter began.
Trinity secured its 13th win in the last 14 games to improve to 18-4 overall and 11-2 in league play this season. Centenary fell to 5-15 overall and 3-8 SCAC with the loss, which was the second loss of the season against the Tigers.
Abby Holland posted her sixth consecutive 20-point game in tonight's win, scoring 21 points in just 19 minutes on 9-15 shooting. Holland became the 18th player in school history to reach 1,000 points in a career after netting the first two baskets of the game for the Tigers. She also added a team-high eight rebounds to go with three assists, as well as nabbing a career-high six steals for the second straight night.
Julia Ackerman knocked down three three-pointers to contribute nine points alongside her team-leading five assists and four steals.
Jackie Layneg led the Tiger reserves with nine points in just nine minutes of action, hitting 2-4 beyond the arc and 3-4 at the foul line.
Hailey Coleman added six points and seven rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Trinity forced 29 total turnovers and held Centenary to 31.5% shooting in the game. The Tigers led 33-9 in points off turnovers, and Trinity also held a distinct 32-6 advantage in bench scoring.
Trinity will return to action in one week, hosting Southwestern (TX) University for another Saturday evening SCAC matchup at 5:30 p.m.