San Antonio - The Trinity women's basketball team has been picked to win the 2019-20 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship.
Led by eighth-year Head Coach Cameron Hill '99, the Tigers garnered 77 points and five-first-place votes in an exclusive poll of the league's head coaches. Trinity advanced to last year's tournament final and was edged 68-62 by host Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas.
Coach Hill has guided Trinity to the conference title in four of his past seven seasons at the helm. The Tigers won their third consecutive SCAC Championship following the 2017-18 campaign, marking the first "three-peat" since DePauw (IN) University accomplished that feat from 2006-2008.
This year, Coach Hill will have the services of 13 returnees from last season's team, which posted an overall record of 22-5 (14-2 in SCAC action). All five starters will be returning to the court, each of whom earned All-SCAC accolades.
Senior forward Abby Holland was elected to last season's All-SCAC First Team for the second year in a row. Holland also was selected for the D3hoops.com All-Region Second Team. She became Trinity's all-time single-game leading scorer by firing in 43 points against Schreiner (TX) University in February 2019. Holland led the Tigers in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, and in rebounds, chalking up 6.2 boards per matchup. She was tops on the team with 75 total steals, and shot 50.6% from the field.
Sophomore center/forward Hailey Coleman was voted the SCAC Co-Newcomer of the Year during her first season as a Trinity Tiger. The All-SCAC Second Team honoree led the Tigers with 32 blocked shots. She averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds, and posted a 61.7% shooting mark.
Junior guard Emily Daniel was tabbed for the All-SCAC Third Team for the second consecutive season. Daniel averaged 10.1 points on 41.2% shooting, She pulled in 3.8 rebounds per game and amassed 45 steals and 34 assists.
Julia Ackerman became a two-time All-SCAC Honorable Mention recipient. The junior guard was second on the squad with 83 assists in her column and made 46 steals during the season. Ackerman averaged 5.5 points per contest.
Junior guard Jordan Rudd was a first-time All-SCAC Honorable Mention honoree. Rudd led the team with 89 assists, while grabbing 42 steals. She averaged 4.9 points per game on 41.7% shooting. Guard Annie Wise is a key returning junior player, who is also a member of the Tiger women's tennis team.
Sophomore center/forward Kelly Simmons averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, while blocking 29 shots.
Senior center Anna Muller averaged 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 points, while blocking 22 shots. Sophomore guard Sam Henry racked up 44 assists and 27 steals with a 3.4 points-per-game scoring average. Returning sophomores also include forward Abbey Wilson, center/forward Britney Goodwin, and guards Mary Beth Kindig and Anna Gilliatt.
Joe Shotland '14 enters his fifth season as the full-time Tigers Assistant Coach.
Trinity opens its season at home November 9-10 by hosting the Together Tigers Invitational. The Tigers begin their quest for a conference title December 29 in a rematch with Texas Lutheran at Seguin, Texas. The SCAC Tournament is set for February 28-March 1 at Schreiner in Kerrville, Texas.