Tacoma, Washington - The 21st-ranked Trinity women's basketball team surged to a 9-0 record with an 81-62 victory over host Pacific Lutheran University Sunday night at the Pacific Northwest Tournament.
The Tigers used a stellar third quarter to turn an eight-point halftime lead into a 61-38 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes, which effectively ended the game.
Trinity opened with a 14-4 run in the first quarter, then held off a run by Pacific Lutheran to take a 20-14 lead after one. The Lutes closed to within one point (23-24) midway through the second, but the Tigers outscored the home team 14-7 down the stretch to take a 38-30 lead at the break.
The decisive 23-8 third quarter was both the highest scoring period for Trinity, and the lowest for Pacific Lutheran. The Tigers held the Lutes scoreless for the first several minutes of the period, pushing the lead to 44-30 before PLU got on the board.
Trinity's lead ballooned to 30 points (70-40) less than two minutes into the final quarter, and while Pacific Lutheran rallied late, the Tiger lead never dropped under 20 points until the final minute.
The 9-0 record marks the best start for a Trinity women's basketball team since the Tigers became members of the NCAA Division III. Trinity opened the two-day event Saturday, and defeated #18 University of Puget Sound (WA) 68-65.
Micah Weaver came off the bench to score 14 points in 23 minutes, hitting 7-11 from the field, and adding five rebounds. Weaver was named the Pacific Northwest Tournament Most Valuable Player after the game.
Abby Holland joined Weaver on the All-Tournament Team, scoring a game-leading 21 points in today's game. She went 9-13 from the field and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
Jillian Cready also came off the bench to score in double figures, matching Weaver with 14 poinnts on 6-13 shooting.
Grace Horn dished out five assists in the game, as well as collecting four rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
The 81 points was the second-highest total for the Tigers this season. Trinity shot a season-best 53.6%, making 37-69 shots. Trinity outscored the Lutes 27-9 in points off turnovers, while the Tiger bench led their counterparts 39-20.
The Tigers return home Wednesday to host Hanover (IN) College at 4:00 p.m.