Women's Basketball

February 7, 2009

Tiger Women Hold off Southwestern Saturday Night


San Antonio - Trinity's women's basketball team held off a late rally to defeat Southwestern University 73-66 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday night.

Trinity (15-6, 8-3) remains atop the SCAC standings with the win, which was also the fourth consecutive over Southwestern. 

The Tigers streaked out to the early lead, scoring 17 of the first 19 points in the game.  Southwestern rallied to within eight points soon after, but another strong run by Trinity - this time a 16-2 burst - made it 35-13 with under six minutes left until halftime. 

Trinity had the lead up to as many as 24 points in the first half, but Southwestern ended the period on a 9-0 run to make it 39-24 at the break.

The two teams battled back and forth for most of the second half, with Southwestern never getting closer than 11 points until the 4:16 mark in the game when it was 60-51 in favor of Trinity.  The Tigers scored on their next possession to push the lead back to 11, but Southwestern used a 9-1 run to make it 63-60 with 1:19 remaining.

Trinity's next possession was a three-point play that was followed by a steal that led to two more free throws, and pushed the lead back to eight points with 42 seconds left.  The Tigers hit 9-11 from the free throw line in the final 96 seconds, though, holding off the rally and escaping with the win.

Ali Marzella led Trinity with 20 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 6-13 overall from the field and 4-8 from three-point range.  She also had four assists and a pair of steals in 37 minutes of play, as well as hitting all four attempts from the foul line.

Alexandra Blake tied her career-high with 13 rebounds on the night, adding six points, three assists, two blocks, and two steals.  Danielle Hubenak nailed 8-8 from the free throw line on her way to 15 points in the game.  Hubenak also had a team-high five assists.

Kelsey Goodell came off the bench with a season-high 13 points on 6-8 shooting, collecting four rebounds as well.  Lauren Hickey, fresh off a career-high 15 points against Dallas on Tuesday, hit 3-5 three-pointers and 4-8 total shots to score 12 points for the Tigers.

Staley Mullins led Southwestern with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Natasha Azizi added 13 points, seven boards, and three steals.

Trinity will be back on the road next weekend, facing off against Millsaps and Hendrix.  The Tigers swept a home weekend against those two teams in January. 


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