San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team posted a 67-57 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Austin (TX) College Friday night in Calgaard Gym.
Trinity started off slowly, committing five turnovers and missing the first four shots from the field to fall behind 8-0 midway through the period. The Tigers got an offensive rebound and a layup to finally get on the board, sparking a 7-0 run to close to within a point with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Austin College stayed in front, though, hitting the final shot of the quarter to take a 14-10 lead after one.
The battle for the top spot in the conference continued into the second quarter and the Tigers finally drew even at 19-19 with a 7-1 scoring run. Austin got the next four points and began to pull away as halftime approached, but Trinity again used a 7-1 spurt over the final 1:48 to take its first lead of the game (26-24) into the break.
Trinity came out of the locker room strong for the third quarter, knocking down a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to push the lead to seven points in the first minute of action. Austin battled back and scored 11 of the next 13 points to pull back in front, and the teams traded scores down the stretch of the third. The Kangaroos broke a 43-43 tie in the final minute and took a 45-43 lead into the final quarter.
The Tigers tied the game in the first minute of the fourth quarter and wound up never trailing again. Austin hit a layup with 5:53 left in the game to get within two points at 53-51, but Trinity's defense held the visitors to just one field goal the rest of the game.
After Trinity slipped ahead 57-52, Austin hit 3-4 at the line to make it a one-possession game again with 2:46 left. The Tigers hit back-to-back shots for a seven-point cushion with 1:36 remaining, then hit 5-6 free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.
The Tigers improved their season record to 17-4, and moved into first place in the conference standings with a 10-2 mark.
Austin College dropped to 16-4 and 9-2 SCAC, and is tied for second place in the conference. The Kangaroos beat the Tigers 61-52 on December 18, 2018, in Sherman, Texas.
Abby Holland posted her first double-double of the season with a career-high 26 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. She shot 8-14 from the field and 8-10 from the foul line to reach a team season-high in scoring, as well as tying her career-high with six steals. Tonight also marked her fifth straight game with at least 20 points.
Hailey Coleman chipped in 14 points, hitting 7-10 from the field and recording three blocked shots.
The Tigers led the 'Roos 28-14 in points off turnovers, forcing 29 total turnovers in the game. Trinity shot just over 53% in the second half, including 8-13 (61.5%) in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Tigers host Centenary (LA) College in an SCAC matchup at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.