San Antonio -
Trinity's women's basketball team clinched the top seed in the Southern
Collegiate Athletic Conference's West Division with a thrilling 70-69
victory over Colorado College on Friday night.
Trinity (17-7, 10-4) and
Colorado College were tied 33-33 at the half, though neither team shot
particularly well to open the game. Both teams shot over 40% in
the second half, though, which came down to the wire.
Trinity led by six points with
just over four minutes left, but Colorado College had back-to-back
baskets in the paint from Melanie Auguste to cut the lead to two points
with 3:00 to play. Trinity then missed a pair of free throws, but
Colorado College also missed its next shot to keep the scoring the same.
After Trinity made just 1-2 from
the foul line on its next trip, Colorado College missed its second
straight shot to give the ball back to Trinity with a three-point lead.
Trinity left the door open once again, making just 1-2 from the free
throw line and keeping the lead at four points (65-61).
Auguste then scored a layup for
Colorado College with 1:28 to play to make it a one-possession game and
a turnover then set the visitors up to tie the game inside of a minute.
Trinity's defense was up to the task, though, forcing another missed
shot, and Abby Dietert grabbed a crucial rebound.
Ali Marzella then found Krista
Prato Matthews for a layup with 47 seconds, and Prato Matthews was
fouled on the play as well. Her free throw completed the
three-point play to put Trinity up five with 47 seconds left.
Six seconds later, Auguste hit a
huge three-pointer for Colorado College to keep the game alive.
Colorado College elected to play defense on Trinity's next possession,
but Prato Matthews was able to draw a foul with 12 seconds left.
She then hit both free throws to clinch the win and the West Division's
top seed for Trinity.
Marzella led Trinity with 20
points and six steals in the game, while Blake added 10 points and a
team-best eight rebounds. Kelsey Goodell came off the bench with
11 points and six boards in just 18 minutes of work.
Prato Matthews had 11 points and
seven rebounds, and passed Megan Selmon (1999-2003) for fourth place on
Trinity's all-time scoring list. She is also just 15 rebounds from
tying for Trinity's career record in that category - a record currently
held by Trinity Hall-of-Famer Terri Hailey (1977-81). Prato
Matthews is already the SCAC's career leader in rebounds, having broken
the record earlier this season.
Auguste, who hit another
three-pointer with one second left for the final score, finished with 30
points, eight rebounds, and six assists in the game for Colorado
Trinity will close out the
regular season with a Saturday night game against Austin College.
The Tigers will play at Hendrix College in the SCAC Tournament next
weekend, against an opponent to be determined.