Georgetown, Texas – Trinity's 22nd-ranked women's basketball team finished off a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road trip with an 84-51 win over Southwestern (TX) University on Monday night.
Trinity led from the start, beginning the game with a 14-2 run over the first five-plus minutes of the opening quarter.
The Tigers led 21-11 after one period, but Southwestern picked up the first two made shots of the second quarter to cut the lead down to six points. The lead was still six with under seven minutes left in the first half when Trinity scored 12 of the next 13 points to put the game out of reach at 35-18.
Trinity's 15-point halftime lead became a 55-27 advantage halfway through the third quarter, keyed by an 11-1 run to start things off. That 28-point margin held up by the end of the quarter as the Tigers took a 63-35 advantage into the final period.
The lead went as high as 38 points late in the fourth as Trinity recorded its third 20-point quarter of the night to close out the win.
Trinity moves to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in SCAC play, while Southwestern falls to 1-3 in conference and 3-8 overall.
The Tigers have now won 10 consecutive meetings against the Pirates, improving to 43-18 overall in the series (since 1991-92). It is also the largest margin of victory for either team in the series since 2004-05.
Kelly Simmons led the way for Trinity with a career-high 22 points on 9-12 shooting. She hit 2-3 from three-point range and both of her free throw attempts, adding seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Abby Holland knocked down 8-13 from the field on her way to 17 points and a team-leading nine rebounds in just 23 minutes of work.
Emily Daniel was the only other player in double figures, finishing with 13 points on 4-9 shooting overall and 4-6 from the foul line.
Anna Muller led a trio of Tigers that finished with six points off the bench, hitting 4-4 from the free throw line in her 15 minutes of action. Ashlyn Milton and Abbey Wilson had six points as well for Trinity.
Trinity shot nearly 50% from the field in the game, holding Southwestern under 30% overall and just 1-9 from three-point range. The Tigers also recorded 15 steals and forced 19 total turnovers, leading to a 21-5 advantage in points off turnovers. Trinity outscored Southwestern 23-0 on fast break points.
The Tigers return home for another conference weekend of action, beginning with the University of St. Thomas (TX) on Saturday, January 3, at 7:30 p.m.