Seguin, Texas – The top-seeded Trinity women's basketball team opened up its part in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 65-61 win over Colorado College in Saturday's first semifinal game.
Trinity struggled at the start of the game, finishing the first quarter with just eight points on 4-17 shooting. Colorado was slightly better with 4-15 shooting, but the Colorado Tigers did manage a three-pointer and 4-6 free throw shooting to take a 13-8 lead after one.
After Colorado pushed the lead to nine points early in the second, Trinity was able to trim the margin down to five points (23-18) with less than four minutes left in the opening half.
Colorado then extended that lead to double figures with seven consecutive points, but Trinity's Rachel Chavez hit back-to-back three-pointers in the last 1:16 of the quarter to cut the lead in half. Colorado still led 30-24 at the break.
The lead was back up to 11 points early in the third, but Trinity rallied with a 15-3 run that gave the Texas Tigers their first lead of the game at 39-38 with 2:15 left.
After Colorado pulled back in front with four straight points, Trinity's Abby Holland and Hailey Coleman both hit three-pointers in the final minute of the period to put the Tigers on top 45-43 after three quarters.
The two teams went back and forth in the final quarter, but after Trinity began to pull away, Colorado rallied with a 9-2 run that put them in front 57-55 with 3:45 left in the game.
Trinity tied the game immediately, but Colorado was back in the lead 59-57 with another layup with less than two minutes to play.
Holland had a free throw and back-to-back buckets on Trinity's next three possessions to put her team up 62-59 with just 41 seconds remaining.
Colorado missed a game-tying three-pointer with 28 seconds left, but Trinity missed two free throws that could have iced the game. Colorado had another look at a three with 11 seconds left, but the miss was rebounded by Trinity.
Holland then knocked down two free throws to give Trinity a five-point lead with seven seconds left to effectively seal the comeback victory.
Trinity improved to 22-4 this season with the win, which is also their 17th victory in the last 18 games. Colorado College fell to 12-14 with the loss and three of those defeats came at the hands of Trinity this year.
The Texas Tigers have now won seven consecutive SCAC Tournament games, dating back to the finals of the 2015 championship.
Abby Holland poured in a new SCAC Tournament record 38 points to lead Trinity to the victory, hitting 15-28 from the field to go with eight rebounds and four steals.
The 38 points scored is just one point better than the previous mark, set by Oglethorpe (GA) University's Anna Findlay during the 2007 tournament.
Holland's 15 made field goals is also a new SCAC record, beating out former Tiger Tara Rohde's 13 field goals made in 2005.
Trinity was able to rally for the win despite only those three players scoring field goals in the game. Jordan Rudd had two points on free throws, as well as dishing out a game-leading six assists.
The Tigers shot just 40.3% from the field for the game, but hit 15-31 (48.4%) from the floor in the second half, including 3-5 from three-point range.
Trinity's defense also held Colorado to just 33.9% shooting overall and 6-24 (25%) from distance. Trinity also forced 21 turnovers in the game, including 13 in the second half. That led to a 21-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
Trinity will take on the winner of #2 seed Austin (TX) College and #3 seed and tournament host Texas Lutheran University in Sunday's SCAC Championship game at 12:00 p.m.