San Antonio – The 13th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team used a strong first half to secure an 84-78 victory over Concordia (TX) University at the UT-Dallas Classic on Saturday.
Both teams started off slow, and even though Trinity missed seven of its first eight shots, the Tigers were leading 5-4 with six minutes left in the first quarter.
Trinity finished the quarter strong, though, scoring eight of 10 points over the final 2:39 to take a 19-11 lead after 10 minutes.
After the Tigers pushed the lead to 12 points midway through the second quarter, Concordia scored seven unanswered points to make it a 33-28 game with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
The end of the second quarter was even better than the first for the Tigers, outscoring Concordia 10-4 over the final 2:10 to make it a 43-32 halftime advantage.
Concordia rallied in the third quarter with a 12-3 run over the first four-plus minutes, but the Tigers never gave up the lead. Trinity finished with a strong 18-7 run of its own to lead 64-51 heading into the final quarter.
The Tigers led by double figures most of the fourth quarter, but the Tornados did make a rally in the final minutes to get within five points. Trinity hit 5-6 from the foul line in the final 1:23 to seal the win, though.
Trinity improved to 7-2 with the victory, while Concordia dropped to 6-6 on the year. The Tigers swept both games at the Courtyard by Marriott UTD Classic over the weekend.
A pair of 20-point performances were the highlights of the game, including 20 points on 6-11 shooting off the bench by Emily Daniel. Daniel hit 2-3 from three-point range and 6-7 from the free throw line, as well as grabbing five rebounds to go with three steals in 26 minutes of action.
Micah Weaver finished with 22 points and a game-best seven assists, hitting 11-12 from the foul line. She also recorded five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Abby Holland and Mollie Hughes were the only other Tiger players to reach double figures in scoring, combining for 30 points. Hughes just missed a double-double with a team-leading nine rebounds, while Holland had six boards and four steals.
Trinity didn't shoot particularly well as a team, but held Concordia under 30% shooting in the first half of play. The Tigers also hit 31-39 (79.5%) from the free throw line and nailed 7-16 (43.8%) from three-point range.
The Tigers return home to host McMurry (TX) University in a 3:00 p.m. game on New Year's Day.