Belton, Texas -
Trinity's women's basketball team finished off its three-game road trip
with an 80-71 win over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Tuesday
Trinity (3-1) led by five points
at the half (40-35) after both teams shot better than 40% from the field
to open the game. The Tigers were able to keep that pace up in the
second half, while Mary Hardin-Baylor dropped to just below 40% in the
final 20 minutes of play.
The Crusaders opened up a 14-8
lead early in the game, but could not hold off the Tiger offense for
long. Trinity cut it to just two points a few minutes later, then
took the lead with just under five minutes to play until halftime.
The Tigers pushed the lead up to
eight points (55-47) in the second half, but UMHB made an 11-2 run to
reclaim control of the game temporarily. The teams traded points
over the next few minutes until Trinity broke a 65-65 tie with a 7-0 run
that gave them the lead for good with 3:40 remaining.
Krista Prato Matthews scored a
career-high 30 points in the game, hitting 11-19 from the field and 8-9
from the foul line. She also grabbed 17 rebounds overall, which
included nine on the offensive glass.
Danielle Hubenak added 13 points
and four assists for the Tigers, while first-years Abby Dietert and Ali
Marzella added 11 points each. Marzella also chipped in with six
rebounds and a team-high five assists.
Landie Thompson led UMHB with 20
points on 7-11 shooting, while Jenny Black and Kellie Thomas finished
with 14 points each for the home team.
Trinity will take on Schreiner
University as part of the Trip Sports San Antonio Shootout on Friday,
then face Lehman College on Saturday night. Both games are
scheduled for 6:00 p.m. tip-offs.