San Antonio – The Tiger women's basketball team opened up its 2019-20 season by knocking off eighth-ranked George Fox (OR) University 74-55 on Saturday night.
The only time Trinity trailed was in the opening seconds as George Fox hit a pair of free throws to start off the game. The Tigers led 10-4 at the midway point of the first quarter, which finished with Trinity holding a 19-10 advantage.
The lead was as high as 13 points early in the second quarter, then grew to a 35-17 score on a Tiger three-pointer with 3:26 left in the half.
George Fox never got closer than 12 the rest of the quarter, and Trinity took a 42-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Bruins were unable to get anything going after the break, either, as the Tigers led by as many as 22 in the third quarter. George Fox never got closer than 15 points in the third and trailed 38-59 heading into the final 10 minutes.
Trinity began the fourth with an 11-3 run that put the game completely out of reach at 70-41 with 5:57 to play. George Fox scored 14 of the next 17 points, but the lead was too much to overcome.
The Tigers are now 5-3 in season openers under Head Coach Cameron Hill, having won four of the last five years.
Since 1991, Trinity is now 2-4 against George Fox overall and 2-3 under Coach Hill. The Tigers lost 61-65 to the Bruins in 2017-18, but have won two straight games at home in the series.
First-year Ashlyn Milton came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 18 points on 7-11 shooting in just 20 minutes of action. She hit 4-6 from three-point range, as well as grabbing three rebounds and recording a pair of steals in her collegiate debut.
Emily Daniel was the only other Trinity player to reach double figures in scoring, connecting on 6-15 from the field on her way to 13 points. She also led all players with six steals in the game, which is just one short of her career high.
Abbey Wilson came off the bench with nine points after hitting 3-4 from beyond the arc.
Sam Henry also scored seven points off the bench for the Tigers, as well as dishing out a game-leading and career-high eight assists.
Trinity shot 44.8% (26-58) in the game, including 42.9% (12-28) from three-point range. The Tigers also hit 10-14 (71.4%) at the foul line. The defense held George Fox to just 40% (18-45) shooting and 16.7% (2-12) from distance.
Trinity squares off against ninth-ranked University of St. Thomas (MN) on Sunday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m.