San Antonio - The ninth-ranked Trinity women's basketball team clinched the outright Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title with a 73-55 win over Schreiner (TX) University on Saturday.
Trinity opened the game by scoring the first 11 points of the night, but Schreiner rallied to within one point (14-13) in the closing minutes of the first quarter. The Tigers converted a three-point play late in the period to take a 17-13 lead after 10 minutes of action.
In the second quarter, Trinity quickly built the lead back to double digits, and led by as many as 13 points after an 11-2 start to the period. The Tigers were especially tough on defense, forcing the Mountaineers to a 1-16 shooting performance in the period, and Trinity led 30-20 at halftime.
The Tigers enjoyed their best quarter of the night in the third, hitting 9-14 (64.3%) from the field and 4-5 (80%) from three-point range. Although Schreiner hit 6-9 (66.7%) in the quarter, Trinity still increased its lead to 53-37 heading into the final period.
Schreiner never got closer than 15 points in the final quarter, and the Tigers led by as many as 24 points (70-46) with less than five minutes to play.
The Tigers won their 10th consecutive game, improving to 24-1 overall and 13-1 in SCAC play, as well as a flawless 15-0 record on their home court this year.
Trinity's 24-1 record is the best regular season mark in school history, and is tied for the third-most single season wins for a Tiger women's basketball team.
The 24 victories is also a career-best for Head Coach Cameron Hill, who has led the team to a program-record five consecutive 20-win seasons.
Balido poured in a season-best 25 points, which is just one off her career-high, and the fourth 20-point game of her career. She shot 11-20 from the field, and also led the game with four steals and three blocks, and led the Tigers with seven rebounds.
Holguin added 14 points to go with six rebounds and three assists, while Horn amassed five more assists to improve her career total to 231 - just one away from a tie for eighth all-time at Trinity.
Staley hit a pair of three-pointers for six points in the game, as well as leading all players with six steals. Alexander finished with four points, five rebounds, and three assists in 18 minutes of action.
Micah Weaver hit 9-13 from the field off the bench, finishing with 20 points on the night.
UP NEXTThe Tigers will defend their title at the SCAC Championship February 24-26 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Trinity will be the top-seeded team in the tournament.