San Antonio – The Tiger women's basketball team finished off the regular season sweep with a 73-64 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Southwestern (TX) University on Saturday.
Both teams went back and forth early in the game, but Southwestern took the first big advantage with a 7-0 run that broke an 8-8 tie. Trinity held the Pirates to just two points over the final 3:14, but the Tigers still trailed 14-17 after the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same as the teams went back and forth for the entire 10-minute period. Southwestern never relinquished the lead, though, and took a 34-32 lead into halftime.
It wasn't until the third quarter that the Tigers finally went back in front, but four straight Southwestern points made it a 40-38 Pirate lead with 6:25 remaining. Trinity answered with its best run of the game, scoring eight unanswered to pull ahead 46-40.
Southwestern didn't allow Trinity to get any further ahead than seven points, scoring the final three points of the period to cut the lead to 55-51 heading into the fourth.
After giving up a free throw that made it a three-point game to start the final quarter, Trinity strung together another 8-0 run that gave the Tigers a 63-52 advantage with just over six minutes left in the game.
The Pirates made one final push that brought them within five points. Trinity held then held them scoreless though over a stretch of nearly five minutes, and the Tiger lead expanded to 12 points with 1:09 remaining.
After Southwestern hit back-to-back shots in the final minute, Jordan Rudd calmly sank 4-4 at the foul line in the final 26 seconds to seal the Tiger victory.
Trinity won for the 14th time in the last 15 games, improving to 19-4 overall and is tied atop the SCAC standings with a 12-2 conference mark. Southwestern drops to 9-13 overall and 8-5 in league play.
The Tigers have now won eight straight games against the Pirates and are 14-3 in the series under Head Coach Cameron Hill. Trinity also beat Southwestern on the road earlier this season.
Abby Holland continued her streak, reaching at least 20 points scored for the seventh straight game. She wrapped up tonight's contest with 22 points on 10-18 shooting, as well as picking up a game-high nine rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals.
Jordan Rudd finished two points shy of her career-best scoring total with 14 points. She was 3-6 from the field and 7-10 from the foul line, connecting on her only three-point attempt.
Hailey Coleman also reached double figures with 12 points, despite playing in just 20 minutes after being in foul trouble and eventually fouling out of the game.
Trinity picked up nearly half of its rebounds on the offensive glass, leading to a 19-10 advantage in second-chance points. The Tiger defense also forced 25 total turnovers in the game, leading to a 29-23 edge in points off turnovers.
The Tigers continue the SCAC schedule with a road game against Schreiner (TX) University on Tuesday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m.