Women's Basketball

January 25, 2009

Tigers Defeat Fifth-Ranked Oglethorpe on Sunday


San Antonio - Trinity's women's basketball team finished off a weekend sweep in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play by beating fifth-ranked Oglethorpe University 85-72 on Sunday afternoon.

Trinity (13-4, 7-1) stopped Oglethorpe's 12-game winning streak and handed the Stormy Petrels their first loss in SCAC play this season.

The Tigers led 39-25 at the half, holding the usually hot-shooting Petrels to just 22.2% (10-45) from the field.  Trinity shot just under 47% in the first half, then hit a blistering 16-28 (57.1%) in the second half to pull off the upset.  Oglethorpe shot better in the second half, but finished 0-10 from three-point range in the final 20 minutes and just 2-20 for the game.

Trinity led the entire game, opening with an 8-0 run, and Oglethorpe missed each of its first eight shots.  The Petrels rattled off seven of the next nine, though, keeping the game close in the opening minutes.  After the Tigers had gradually built the lead to nine points later in the period, Oglethorpe again stormed back with seven unanswered points to make it a one-possession game with 5:05 to go.  Following that run, though, the Tigers finished the half with a 14-2 spurt that included 12 straight points at one time.

In the first few minutes of the second half, Trinity had turned the lead into 21 points (48-27) and looked like it might end the game in a blowout.  But Oglethorpe was able to cut into the lead a few minutes later with another 7-0 run, prompting a Trinity timeout.

The Petrels made it a nine-point game (55-46) with 11:38 to play, and then after Trinity pushed the lead back to 15, Oglethorpe again cut it to single digits with just over seven minutes remaining.  Three short minutes later, Oglethorpe completed a three-point play that made it 70-63, which was the closest it had been since the 3:43 mark in the first half.

The Tigers went back up by 11 with back-to-back buckets on their next two possessions, but Oglethorpe answered with a layup and two free throws with 2:19 left to move back within seven.  Trinity then hit four straight free throws on its next two trips, making it 78-67 with 94 seconds to go.  Oglethorpe got a basket on its next possession, but then scored just three more points the rest of the way, and the Tigers sealed its with a fast break layup with under a minute remaining.

Ali Marzella led all players with 23 points for Trinity, hitting 7-11 from the field and 3-5 three-pointers.  She also nailed all six of her free throws, adding four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Krista Prato Matthews finished with her 16th double-double in 17 games this season, collecting a game-high 13 rebounds to go with 17 points.  Prato Matthews hit 6-11 from the field and 5-7 from the line.  Also with a double-double was Abby Dietert, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the game, hitting 6-9 from the field and 3-3 from the charity stripe.

Danielle Hubenak and Alexandra Blake also scored in double figures for the Tigers, making it all five starters that scored at least 10 points.  Hubenak had 11 points and seven assists, while Blake finished with 11 points in 16 minutes. 

Tina Grace led Oglethorpe with 18 points, while Katie Kulavic and Anna Findlay added 17 points each.  Biz Richmann tallied a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.

The Tigers go back on the road next weekend, taking on DePauw University and Centre College in continuing SCAC action. 


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