San Antonio – Trinity's women's basketball team settled for a split at its Together Tigers Tournament after being edged 71-68 by ninth-ranked University of St. Thomas (MN) on Sunday night.
The Tigers and Tommies both struggled to score points in the first quarter, with the score being tied 6-6 after five minutes of action. The two teams scored just two more points each the rest of the way for an 8-8 tie after one quarter.
St. Thomas got things going early in the second, using a 10-2 run to take a 20-12 lead with 6:01 remaining in the first half. Trinity rallied to tie things up 23-23 in the final minute of the quarter, which remained the score as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime.
Trinity eased out to a small lead early in the second half, but St. Thomas went back in front with five unanswered points to lead 31-29. The Tigers then put together a 10-0 run to take an eight-point lead, and Trinity had the lead up to 48-39 by the end of the third quarter.
St. Thomas chipped away at the lead for several minutes at the start of the fourth quarter, finally tying things up at 54-54 with just over five minutes left in the game. Trinity went back in front briefly a few points later, but St. Thomas scored seven of eight points to go up 63-59 with 2:08 to play.
Trinity was fouled on a three-point shot on the next possession and closed to 63-62 with three straight free throws. The Tigers then forced a turnover on defense and took a 64-63 lead on Abby Holland's shot with 41 seconds to go. St. Thomas answered with a go-ahead three-pointer, then made 5-6 free throws in the final 27 seconds to seal the win.
Trinity stands at 1-1 this season and is 0-3 in the series against St. Thomas. The Tommies improved to 2-0 after the win, having also beaten East Texas Baptist University in yesterday's tournament action.
Abby Holland led all scorers with 22 points on 9-15 shooting, as well as leading the Tigers with five rebounds and four steals.
Jordan Rudd hit 4-6 from the field and 4-6 from the foul line on her way to 12 points, and she also led the team with five assists.
Ashlyn Milton came off the bench with 10 points, hitting 2-4 from three-point range to help her reach double figures for the second straight game to start her career.
The Tigers will host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Sunday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m.