Women's Basketball

January 17, 2009

Trinity Falls to Rhodes Saturday Night


Memphis, Tennessee - The Tiger women's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped in a 58-64 loss to Rhodes College on Saturday night.

Trinity (11-4, 5-1) trailed 23-27 at the half, as both teams shot under 35% from the field.  The Tigers came out much better in the second half - hitting 16-29 (55.2%) of its shots - but Rhodes had an outstanding shooting half, hitting 14-22 (63.6%) of its shots and 9-12 from the free throw line.  Trinity had no free throw attempts in the second half, connecting on 3-4 from the line in the first period.

Rhodes opened up with an 18-9 run to double up Trinity in the first few minutes, but the Tigers stayed in the game throughout the first half.  Trinity even took the lead early in the second half, and the score remained close for the majority of the second period.

After Trinity pulled ahead briefly in a back-and-forth game, Rhodes scored 10 unanswered points to go ahead 58-49 with just 5:59 to play.  The Tigers made it a four-point lead with 2:34 remaining, but Rhodes held Trinity scoreless the rest of the way.  In fact, the only scoring in the final 2:21 came on a pair of free throws by Rhodes. 

Krista Prato Matthews had another double-double - her 14th in 15 games this season - leading the team with 16 points and 13 rebounds in 38 minutes of play.

Abby Dietert finished with 13 points and six boards, while Danielle Hubenak had 10 points to go with eight rebounds and a team-best five assists.

Becky Atnip and Jenille Pate scored 18 points each to lead Rhodes, while Kristen Lytle added 10 points and a pair of steals. 

Trinity returns home next weekend, taking on Sewanee and nationally-ranked Oglethorpe in two more games against SCAC East Division teams.  The Tigers remain atop the SCAC West Division standings.


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