San Antonio – Trinity's 13th-ranked women's basketball team opened Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a lopsided 69-49 win over the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday.
The Tigers never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 15-4 lead over the first several minutes, and taking a 22-9 lead after the first quarter of play.
Trinity quickly pushed the lead to 18 points early in the second quarter, though Dallas was able to get to within 12 points in the final minutes, and the lead was 35-21 at the half.
The teams were even in the third quarter, but Dallas was never able to get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
The Crusaders inched the lead down to 12 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but Trinity scored 10 of the next 12 points to make it a 20-point lead (56-36) with less than seven minutes to play.
Minutes later, the Tigers had pushed the lead as high as 25 points to put the finishing touches on the win.
The Tigers improve to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in SCAC play, while Dallas falls to 5-7, 0-2 with the loss.
Ackerman finished with a career-best 15 points on 6-10 shooting, adding five assists to tie for the team lead. She also recorded a pair of steals in her 21 minutes of action.
Irvin scored 10 points to tie her career-best mark, connecting on 4-6 from the field and 2-2 from the foul line in 16 minutes on the floor.
Trinity had 13 different players see action in the game, and only two played for more than 20 minutes. The Tigers forced 32 turnovers and held Dallas to just 34% shooting overall and 1-16 (6.3%) from three-point range.
Trinity will finish off its first SCAC weekend of the season by hosting Colorado College tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.