Sherman, Texas -
Trinity's women's basketball team finished off a Southern Collegiate
Athletic Conference weekend sweep with a 77-71 win at Austin College on
Trinity (7-1, 2-0) led 38-30 at
the half, but Austin College hit 10 three-pointers in the game to keep
the game within reach throughout.
The Tigers took the early lead,
but couldn't pull away from Austin College until an 11-3 spurt in the
final 4:33 of the first half put Trinity in control of the game.
Trinity's lead was as high as 11 points early in the second, but Austin
College scored nine unanswered points to make it a one-possession game
again. At its peak, the hot streak by Austin College was a 15-2
run that actually put the home team in the lead for a short time
Less than a minute later, it was
Trinity's turn to make a run, scoring 14 of the next 16 points to go up
by 10 with 6:11 to play in the game. Austin College cut the lead
to two points three times in the final five minutes, but could never
quite get over the hump to tie or regain the lead. The Tigers hit
8-12 from the foul line in the final two minutes to hold on for the win.
Krista Prato Matthews finished
with a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead Trinity. In
addition to hitting 9-15 from the floor, Prato Matthews nailed 7-8 from
the free throw line. In the final two minutes of the game, Prato
Matthews had seven points and pulled in three rebounds to help the
Tigers secure the win.
Danielle Hubenak scored 15
points and dished out eight assists to tie her career-best in that
category. It was the second game this season in which she has
finished with eight assists. Abby Dietert chipped in with 10
points on 4-8 shooting.
Katy Williams scored 21 points
and grabbed nine rebounds for Austin College, as well as handing out six
assists to lead the team in all three categories. Amber Stafford
added 14 points for the 'Roos, hitting 4-7 from three-point range.
Trinity will be off for the next
three weeks, returning to action on December 28-29 for the Trinity
University Texas Challenge Tournament. The Tigers will face
Southern Maine and Baldwin-Wallace in the tournament, which also
features Mary Hardin-Baylor.