San Antonio – The 13th-ranked Tiger women's basketball team suffered a narrow 72-68 loss at the hands of the University of Texas-Dallas on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity had the lead in the final minute, but UT-Dallas scored a go-ahead three-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to go in front 70-68.
The Tigers missed a shot to tie the game on the ensuing possession, forcing the home team to foul in the final seconds. The Comets hit a pair of foul shots with 1.1 seconds left to seal the win.
UT-Dallas scored eight of the first 10 points of the game to take the early advantage, leading by as many as nine points in the opening quarter of action. Trinity scored six of the final eight points of the first period to cut the lead to just 18-13.
The lead was back up to nine points early in the second when the Tigers made their move with an 8-0 run to make it a one-possession game. Trinity tied the game 26-26 with 3:07 left, then held UT-Dallas scoreless over the final 2:31 of the half to take a 35-28 edge at the break.
After two early free throws for Trinity in the third quarter, the Comets went on a 10-0 run to pull in front 38-37 with 7:31 left in the period. The teams traded leads over the next few possessions, but the Tigers eventually inched out to a 46-41 lead at the halfway point.
This time it was nine unanswered points for the visitors, which put UT-Dallas in front 50-46. Trinity was able to rally to make it a one-point deficit at 52-51 by the end of the quarter.
The Tigers took the lead with a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter, but UT-Dallas answered with a three of their own to pull back in front. Trinity tied the game 60-60 with another triple with 5:27 remaining, keying a 7-2 run that put the Tigers ahead 64-62 in the final minutes.
UT-Dallas tied the game with 2:12 to play, but a pair of Tiger free throws put them back in front 66-64 on the next possession. The Comets hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:43 remaining, but Trinity answered immediately with a layup to take a 68-67 lead with 1:24 to go. That set up the final sequence that saw UT-Dallas escape with the win.
Trinity falls to 3-2 with the loss, while UT-Dallas evens its record at 3-3 after the win.
Abby Holland paced Trinity with 21 points and eight rebounds, hitting 7-14 from the field and 7-10 from the free throw line.
Ashlyn Milton scored 16 of Trinity's 22 points off the bench, hitting three three-pointers and recording four steals.
Trinity shot just 36.7% from the field in the game, while UT-Dallas connected on 47.5% of its shots and 7-16 (43.8%) from three-point range.
Trinity will be back in action with a pair of games next weekend, beginning with a matchup against the University of Puget Sound (WA) on Saturday, December 21, at 2:00 p.m. (PT).