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
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.