Women's Basketball

February 21, 2009

Tiger Senior Shines in Final Regular Season Game


San Antonio - Trinity women's basketball senior Krista Prato Matthews led the team to an 83-62 victory over Austin College on Saturday night, tying a long-standing career record in the process.

Prato Matthews scored 33 points and pulled down 15 rebounds on Saturday night, tying the school record for career rebounds.  She tied Trinity Hall of Famer Terri Hailey (1977-81) for the all-time record.  Prato Matthews is already the SCAC's leading rebounder, having broken that career record earlier in the year.

Trinity (18-7, 11-4) led 43-26 at halftime, and Prato Matthews already had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the game.  The Tigers shot nearly 56% from the field in the opening period, holding Austin College to just 34.5% shooting overall.  Austin College did hit 6-14 (42.9%) from three-point range, but Trinity outscored the visitors 10-0 at the foul line.

In the second half, Trinity cooled off a bit, dipping below 50% shooting in the period, but the defense still gave up less than 32% shooting to finish off the game.

The game stayed close in the early part of the first half, but Trinity used a 14-0 run to push the lead to 16 points with six minutes remaining until halftime.  Austin College held a brief 15-14 lead six minutes into the game, but the Tigers converted a three-point play on their next possession and never trailed again.

In addition to the record-tying night from Prato Matthews, Ali Marzella had a stellar showing for the Tigers.  She finished with 20 points on 7-9 shooting and recorded seven steals.  Marzella scored 40 points and grabbed 13 steals total over the weekend.  She also became the second player this season with 100 or more assists, marking the only time in school history that two players have reached the century mark in one year.

Danielle Hubenak, who leads the team with 119 assists this season, scored 10 points, while Abby Dietert chipped in with nine points on 4-8 shooting.  Lindsay Hovland came off the bench to score five points and led the team with four blocked shots.

Maegan Fitzgerald led Austin College with 21 points, while Katy Williams had eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

Trinity concludes the regular season as the SCAC West Division champions, earning the West's top seed at next weekend's conference tournament.


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