San Antonio - The 18th-ranked Trinity women's basketball team won a showdown of top 20 teams by defeating #15 George Fox (OR) University 83-78 in overtime on Thursday evening.
The Tigers opened the game with a strong 9-2 run, and took a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. Trinity held George Fox to just 3-12 (25%) shooting in the period, while shooting better than 40% from the field.
George Fox took the second quarter by a narrow margin, though Trinity held the 32-28 lead at the break. The Tigers committed 14 first-half turnovers, which was part of the reason that the Bruins stayed in the game despite 31.3% shooting in the first two quarters.
In the third quarter, George Fox quickly erased Trinity's lead with six quick points in the first minute of action. The Tigers stormed back in front, though, behind nearly 54% shooting in the quarter, and took a 51-45 lead into the final frame.
Trinity kept up its hot shooting into the fourth quarter, and connected on 8-12 (66.7%) in the period. The Tigers led by 11 points (68-57) with just 3:24 remaining in the game. Turnovers continued to plague to home team, though, as Trinity committed nine in the fourth quarter alone.
George Fox also had its best shooting quarter, though, hitting 10-18 (55.6%) from the field overall, and knocking down 5-7 from three-point range to rally to a 70-70 tie with 1:17 to play. The Tigers scored a layup with 59 seconds left to pull ahead, then the Bruins hit a pair of foul shots with 39 seconds to go to send the game into overtime.
Trinity struck first with the first four points of overtime, but George Fox scored six unanswered and took its first lead since early in the third quarter. The Bruins led 78-76 with 1:42 to go, but it would be the final points of the game for the visitors.
The Tigers tied the game on its next possession, then Monica Holguin knocked in a pair of free throws with 31 seconds to go to put Trinity in front for good.
Trinity extended its best start in program history, and now stands at 11-0. The last time the Tigers won 11 games in a row was during the 2014-15 season. George Fox dropped to 8-2 after the OT battle.
Micah Weaver tied a team season-best performance with 22 points, on 11-17 shooting. Weaver also blocked three shots, and dished out four assists to go with five rebounds.
Monica Holguin scored 17 points, sinking 8-11 at the free-throw line, along with handing out five assists, and collecting seven rebounds.
Abby Holland had a double-double of 15 points (shooting 6-10) and 10 boards, and also led the team with three steals.
Mollie Hughes hit 6-11 of her shots on the way to a 15-point game, as well as blocking three shots.
The 83 points produced by the Tigers tied a season high. Trinity's 53 rebounds were also the best by the Tigers this year. The Bruins had 38 rebounds in their column. Trinity shot 49.2%, and George Fox went 37.3% from the field.
The Tigers begin Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play by hosting Austin (TX) College at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6.