Women's Basketball

January 16, 2009

Tigers Down Birmingham-Southern Friday Night


Birmingham, Alabama - Trinity's women's basketball team overcame a slow start and used a strong second half to earn a 76-67 win over Birmingham-Southern College on Friday night.

Trinity (11-3) trailed 34-35 at the half, despite shooting nearly 45% from the field in the first 20 minutes.  Birmingham-Southern made seven three-pointers in the first half, keying a 12-4 lead at the start and a 32-21 lead with just over five minutes remaining.  The Tigers, though, scored 10 straight points - and 12 of the last 14 - to cut into the lead before halftime.

Early in the second half, Trinity went on an 11-0 run to go ahead 59-48 with 9:05 to play, then built the lead to 17 points with under four minutes left, powering its to the win.  The Tigers shot just over 60% in the second half, holding Birmingham-Southern to under 30% shooting.

Krista Prato Matthews led the Tigers with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the game, hitting 6-11 from the field and also recording three blocks.

Ali Marzella came off the bench with 16 points and three assists, hitting 4-6 three-pointers.  Abby Dietert finished with 14 points and four rebounds, as well as recording three assists and a pair of steals. 

Danielle Hubenak finished with 11 points and eight assists, while Alexandra Blake had nine points and five boards.  Kelsey Goodell chipped in with seven points in 17 minutes off the bench.

Elyse Clay scored a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Birmingham-Southern, while Courtney Gibson led the team with 17 points.  Danielle Harbor finished with 10 points and nine boards, as well as adding six assists.

Trinity will take on Rhodes College tomorrow night in Memphis, Tennessee, finishing off the SCAC weekend on the road for the Tigers.  Trinity returns home next weekend to take on Sewanee and Oglethorpe.


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