Women's Basketball Ends Regular Season With Loss at Austin

Sherman, Texas - Trinity's women's basketball team wrapped up its regular season schedule with a 78-68 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss at Austin College on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity fell to 9-16 overall this season, and 7-9 in the SCAC.  The Tigers led most of the first half, but Austin scored 13 unanswered points in the final minutes of the period, taking a 33-22 lead into halftime.

The Tigers finally broke that string with the first bucket of the second half, but Austin then scored 10 more points without a Trinity score, making it a 23-2 run from the end of the first half to the beginning of the second.

Trinity eventually edged back to within eight points, but not until the final minute, and the 'Roos nailed four straight free throws after that to push the lead back to double digits.  While the Tigers improved on their 28.1% shooting in the first half, Austin shot a blistering 68.2% from the field in the second half to cruise to victory.

Hannah Coley scored 29 points in the loss, which is the fourth in the last five games for Trinity.  Coley hit 11-24 from the field and 5-14 from three-point range.  She also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists, and recorded two steals.

Alison Salmon scored nine points, but hit just 3-10 three-point attempts.  Lauren Splawn hit a pair of threes for a total of eight points, while Jana Tucker had seven points and six rebounds.  Anne Waidelich led Trinity with eight rebounds, while Victoria Perko had six boards - five of which came on the offensive glass.

Austin's Christina Kime was the star of the game, though, scoring the rare triple-double to lead her team to the upset win over the Tigers.  Kime scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and handed out 11 assists.  She hit 5-11 from the field and 11-12 from the foul line.

Trinity will be the West Division's third seed at next weekend's SCAC Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.  The Tigers will play at 8:00 p.m. (Central) on Friday, February 24, against the #2 seed from the East Division.

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