San Antonio – The 12th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team finished off its Thanksgiving Classic with a 77-61 victory over the University of Texas-Tyler on Sunday.
Trinity missed its first 10 shots and Texas-Tyler jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but the Tigers scored 15 unanswered points to wrestle control of the game. Trinity led 15-9 after the first quarter of action, despite shooting 28.6% in the first 10 minutes.
The Tigers never trailed again, and the scoring burst continued into the second quarter. Trinity scored six points in less than three minutes to push that margin to 14 points and finished the first half with a 35-19 advantage.
The third quarter started off slowly, but eventually Trinity built the lead to 21 points (50-29) in the final minutes. Tyler rallied by scoring 11 of the final 15 points of the quarter, and the Tiger lead was just 54-40 heading into the fourth.
Tyler continued to claw back early in the fourth, but could never get any closer than a 58-48 deficit at the 7:26 mark. The Tigers went on a 13-2 run over the next five minutes, effectively ending the threat and sealing the win.
Neither team shot better than 41% in the game, but it was Trinity's defense that was most effective. The Tigers chalked up 18 steals and forced a total of 28 turnovers in the game.
Trinity won its second straight game to improve to 3-1 on the season, while Tyler lost its second straight game of the weekend and fell to 1-2.
Four Tiger players reached double figures in the game, led by a trio of Trinity scorers with 15 points each. Emily Daniel came off the bench with 15 points, hitting 5-9 from the field and 4-5 three-point field goals.
Jordan Rudd came off the bench to lead the team with six assists and six steals, adding six rebounds and three points in 22 minutes of action.
After an extended break, the Tigers will remain at home to take on Louisiana College on Monday, December 18, at 6:00 p.m.