Irving, Texas – The 21st-ranked Tiger women's basketball team began its road trip with a 91-50 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday night.
Trinity never trailed in the game, starting off the first quarter with an 11-3 run, and leading by 10 points after less than five minutes. The Tigers also closed with a flurry, scoring five points in the final minute to take a commanding 28-15 lead after one period.
The second quarter began with Trinity scoring six of the first eight points to push the lead to 17 points. The Tigers led by as many as 18 points in the quarter, though Dallas hit the final shot of the half to make it a 48-32 game at the break.
Trinity grabbed eight of its 16 first-half rebounds on the offensive end, leading to a 9-0 lead in second-chance points. The Tigers also forced 20 turnovers in the first two quarters and held a 17-1 advantage in points off turnovers.
After halftime, Trinity made sure to maintain full control of the game by scoring 11 of the first 12 points of the third quarter to make it a 59-33 lead. The Tigers went up by 30 points in the final minute of the period, but Dallas scored the final points of the third to make it a 71-43 game heading into the fourth.
The Tigers closed the game by holding Dallas to just seven points over the final 10 minutes of action, including just one made field goal over the final 4:57 of the quarter. Trinity's bench outscored Dallas 43-12 as the Tigers were able to bring in a total of 12 players in the game.
The Tigers remained undefeated with a 5-0 record in SCAC play, improving to 10-2 overall with the team's seventh consecutive victory. Dallas dropped to 3-8 overall and 1-4 in conference.
Trinity has won 17 consecutive games in the series with Dallas, upping the overall record to 38-4 against the Crusaders (since 1991-92).
With 91 points in tonight's game, this year's Tiger team becomes just the second in school history to score 80 or more points in four straight games. The last to do it was the 2008-09 team.
Abby Holland and Ashlyn Milton led four Trinity players in double figure scoring with 14 points against Dallas. Holland also pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds and also tied for the team lead with four steals.
Kelly Simmons finished with 12 points to go with five rebounds and four steals to tie Holland for the lead.
Julia Ackerman knocked down three three-pointers on her way to 11 points, as well as dishing out a Tiger-best five assists.
Trinity squares off against 18th-ranked Austin (TX) College for the top spot in the SCAC standings tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m.