Seguin, Texas – The 22nd-ranked Tiger women's basketball team began Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 60-51 road win over Texas Lutheran University on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity fell behind early after Texas Lutheran scored the first six points of the opening quarter, but battled back to tie the game 10-10 with 3:33 remaining. The Bulldogs held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the quarter to take a 16-10 lead after one. Both teams shot under 30% in the period, and the Tigers were 0-7 from three-point range.
The Tigers scored nine of the first 11 points of the second quarter to take their first lead of the game at 19-18 with 6:47 left before halftime. The Bulldogs went back in front with just under three minutes left and led 26-24 with 1:41 to go. Trinity scored the final four points of the half to take a 28-26 lead at the break.
After halftime, both teams traded leads over the first several minutes, and Texas Lutheran was in front 37-36 with 6:07 left in the third quarter. The Tigers closed the period with 11 straight points to push the lead to double figures, but the Bulldogs broke that up with a late three-pointer to make it a 47-40 game heading into the final quarter.
Texas Lutheran scored six straight points to open the fourth quarter, but Trinity never gave up the lead the rest of the way. The Tigers rattled off six consecutive points of its own to push the lead back to seven points with 2:53 to play.
The Bulldogs never got closer than four points the rest of the way, and the Tigers closed out the win by scoring the last five points of the game.
Both teams were held under 40% shooting for the game, but Trinity's defense also forced 22 turnovers to hold a 25-8 scoring edge in points off turnovers.
The Tigers improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in SCAC play, while Texas Lutheran fell to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in conference.
Abby Holland led the way for Trinity, scoring a season-best 25 points on 10-19 shooting. She also added six rebounds and four steals.
Anna Muller was the only other Tiger player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 11 points and a game-leading nine rebounds in 19 minutes of action off the bench.
Trinity will cap off the 2019 calendar year with another SCAC game tomorrow, facing off against Southwestern (TX) University at 7:30 p.m.