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.