San Antonio - The 22nd-ranked Tiger women's basketball team began a home weekend of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action with a convincing 82-58 win over the University of St. Thomas (TX) on Friday night.
Trinity held St. Thomas to just 22 points in the first half of play, forcing the visitors to shoot 3-22 (13.6%) in the second quarter, and taking a 26-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Tigers scored the first six points of the game and never trailed against the Celts, who fell behind 14-4 midway through the opening period. St. Thomas cut the lead in half with 1:06 left in the quarter, but Trinity scored two buckets in the final 44 seconds to make it a 23-14 lead after one.
The second quarter featured a 19-4 start for the Tigers, making it a 44-18 game with 3:15 left until the halftime break. Trinity led by as many as 28 points in the quarter, outscoring St. Thomas 25-8 in the second.
St. Thomas had its best quarter after halftime, putting up 25 points to cut into the Tiger lead. The visitors never got closer than 19 points, though, and Trinity led 67-47 heading into the final period.
Trinity scored six quick points to start the fourth quarter and the lead was never less than 20 points the rest of the game.
The Tigers earned their fifth consecutive win overall, remaining unbeaten in conference play at 3-0 and improving the team's overall record to 8-2 this season. St. Thomas fell to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in SCAC.
In the last three games, Trinity has had three different players score 20 or more points, and the Tigers have topped 80 points in each of the last two contests.
Emily Daniel recorded her fifth career 20-point game, finishing tonight's win with a team-leading 21 points on 8-16 shooting.
Abby Holland and Kelly Simmons both produced double-doubles in the win for the Tigers, pulling down 10 rebounds each. Simmons added 14 points to go with four steals and three blocks, while Holland scored 12 points and dished out four assists.
Ashlyn Milton hit 5-7 from the field and led the Tiger reserves with 12 points.
Trinity will look to remain unbeaten in conference play tomorrow afternoon, hosting Centenary (LA) College at 4:00 p.m.