Women's Basketball

January 3, 2009

Tigers Complete SCAC Weekend Sweep on Saturday Night


San Antonio - Trinity's women's basketball team finished off a weekend sweep in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 90-76 win over Hendrix College on Saturday night.

Trinity (9-3, 4-0) held a slim 40-35 at the half, but hit 56.8% (21-37) of its shots in the second half to pull away for the victory.  The Tigers also forced 23 turnovers in the game, committing just 13 themselves.

Hendrix took the early 14-7 lead, shrugging off a 4-0 start for Trinity, and held that lead until the 5:44 mark when a free throw tied the game 28-28.  The Tigers couldn't get in front for a couple of more minutes, though, pulling ahead briefly with just over three minutes to play.  Trinity used a 6-0 run in the final three minutes to take the halftime lead.

The Tigers continued to play well out of the locker room, building the lead to 12 points less than five minutes into the second period.  That lead grew to 17 points with just under 12 minutes left in the game, and the lead stayed at 10 or more for most of the second half.

Hendrix did score seven straight points in a span of 41 seconds to make it 77-68 with 3:20 remaining in the game, but Trinity promptly scored the next five points to push the lead back to double figures for good.

Krista Prato Matthews had a monster night to lead the Tigers to the victory, hitting 18-26 from the floor for a career-high 39 points.  The total points are the fourth-most in school history, and are more than any other Tiger player since February of 1995.  She also had 14 rebounds - six on the offensive glass - and four blocks in the game.

Abby Dietert also enjoyed her career-best night, scoring 24 points on 10-15 shooting and recording three steals.  Danielle Hubenak finished with 10 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in 38 minutes of action.  Ali Marzella had nine points and a game-high 11 assists for the Tigers as well.

Caty Hensy and Christina Byler both finished with double-doubles for Hendrix, combining for 27 points and 20 rebounds.  Hensy led the team with 14 points off the bench, while Jamie Sterrenberg also had 12 points off the bench.

Trinity will go back on the road on Friday night at Southwestern University, continuing its conference schedule.  The Tigers will not return home until January 23 and 25 against Sewanee and Oglethorpe.


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