Tacoma, Washington - The 21st-ranked Trinity women's basketball team continued its undefeated streak with a 68-65 win over the #18 University of Puget Sound (WA) Saturday at the Pacific Northwest Tournament.
Trinity held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, holding Puget Sound to just 4-17 field goals in the first 10 minutes of action. The Tigers shot 5-11 (45.5%) from the field, as well as 4-6 at the foul line.
The Tigers held a slight 30-27 advantage at halftime, after Puget Sound shot much better (46.7%) in the second quarter. The Tigers also shot better in the period, though, hitting 8-14 (57.1%) from the floor to keep pace. The Loggers did connect on five three-point buckets, though, and held a 19-16 edge in the quarter.
The third quarter saw Trinity pull ahead early, but Puget Sound rallied to within two (39-37) with just under five minutes to go in the period. The Tigers surged again, though, and took a 51-44 lead into the final 10 minutes of the game.
After Trinity's lead reached double figures with 6:27 left on the clock, the Loggers closed the score to 59-63 with less than two minutes to play.
The Tigers hit a clutch three-pointer on their next possession, but Puget Sound scored the next four points to make it a 66-63 game with just 21 seconds left. Allison Staley was fouled a second later, and calmly dropped in both free throws to seal the Trinity victory.
The Tigers now stand at 8-0 on the season, tying the best start for a Trinity team since the 2003-04 campaign. Puget Sound suffered its first loss of the year, and is sporting a 7-1 record after the battle of nationally-ranked teams.
Micah Weaver came off the bench and scored a season-best 19 points on 9-13 shooting to lead all players.
Monica Holguin contributed 15 points, shooting 6-12 from the field, while making three steals.
The Tigers sank 27-54 of their shots, for a 50% mark, the second-best shooting performance of the season. Trinity outscored Puget Sound 25-14 in points off turnovers, and 14-3 in fast-break points. The Tiger bench led the Loggers' subs 30-18.
The Tigers conclude the Pacific Northwest Tournament with host Pacific Lutheran University at 4:00 p.m. PST Sunday.