San Antonio - The Trinity women’s basketball team’s 11-game winning streak was snapped as the Southwestern University Pirates edged the Tigers 50-49 in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Friday night.
Trinity now stands at 11-3 overall, and 2-1 in SCAC play. Southwestern improved to 6-9, and remained undefeated at 4-0 in the conference. The two teams will play again February 6 in Georgetown, Texas.
The Tigers held a four-point lead (49-45) with 3:27 left in the game, but were held scoreless from that point on, and were unable to grab the win. The Pirates dropped in a layup at the 1:37 mark, and fired in a three-pointer with a minute to go. Trinity missed a potential game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer.
After shooting 22.2% in the first half, Trinity trailed 17-25 at halftime. The Tigers were better offensively in the second half, but still shot under 40% in the final 20 minutes. That included missing the final five shots in the game - all coming with less than three minutes to play.
Caitlin Barrett and Anecia Richardson each contributed 10 points for the Tigers. Barrett went 3-5 beyond the arc, and racked up four assists and two steals. She now is just seven assists from becoming the 13th Trinity player ever to reach 200 in a career. Richardson hit 4-8 shots from the field, grabbed a team-best seven rebounds, and led the game with five blocked shots.
Lauren Splawn contributed nine points, going 3-5 from the three-point marker. She got an open look to win the game at the buzzer, but her final three-point shot rattled off the rim.
McKamie Place scored 12 points for Southwestern, while Jordan Owens and Annie Bourne each had 11. Owens led the game with nine rebounds. Southwestern led Trinity 13-2 in fast break points.
The Tigers take on Texas Lutheran University at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in another SCAC game. TLU edged Trinity in last year’s SCAC Championship tilt.