Trinity Women Open Washington Trip With Victory Over Pacific Lutheran

Trinity Women Open Washington Trip With Victory Over Pacific Lutheran

Tacoma, Washington - The Trinity women's basketball team opened its first road trip of the year with a 66-57 victory over Pacific Lutheran (WA) University on Friday night.



The Tigers opened up the game with a 10-3 run and never looked back, hitting just over 47% from the field and holding Pacific Lutheran to just 5-16 shooting in the quarter. Trinity also forced 11 turnovers in the opening frame and led 19-13 after one quarter.

Pacific Lutheran chipped away at the lead throughout the second quarter, as Trinity never led by more than nine points, and the home team rallied to a 21-24 deficit with just over three minutes remaining in the half. The Tiger defense allowed just three points over the next three minutes and took a 29-24 lead into the break.

Trinity started quickly after halftime, using another 10-3 run to push the lead to 12 points (39-27) in less than three minutes of action. The Lutes closed the quarter by scoring eight of the last nine points over a 2:47 stretch to head into the final quarter with the Tigers holding just a 44-41 lead.

Pacific Lutheran scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter to trim the lead to one, but Trinity answered with six unanswered points to push the lead back to 50-43 with 8:18 to go in the game. The Lutes clawed back within four just a few minutes later, then trimmed the lead to just 58-55 with 2:14 remaining.

After both teams traded missed shots, Pacific Lutheran had to start fouling, but Trinity was ready, hitting 8-8 from the line over the final 47 seconds to seal the win. Jordan Rudd hit 6-6 at the charity stripe to lead the way, while Abby Holland sealed the evening with her two foul shots with six seconds left.



The Tigers improved to 2-0, while the Lutes opened their regular season and stand at 0-1.

Trinity last played Pacific Lutheran in December 2016 in Tacoma, which resulted in an 81-62 Trinity win.

Abby Holland led the game with a career-high 22 points, shooting 8-14 from the field, sinking 6-7 free throws, and posting a game-best five steals.

Jordan Rudd also had a career night, scoring 16 points on 4-7 shooting from the field, and going 8-11 at the line. Rudd pulled in six boards, shelled out three assists, and made three blocks and three steals.

Abbey Wilson added eight points to the winning cause, while Julia Ackerman sent five assists to her teammates.

Trinity hit 44.2% of its shots, while Pacific Lutheran made 33.3%. The Tigers led the Lutes 32-8 in points off turnovers, forcing a total of 27 turnovers in the game.



The Tigers will compete in the McArthur Classic on Saturday, facing off against tournament host University of Puget Sound (WA) at 6:00 p.m. (PST).