Women's Basketball

December 30, 2008

Tigers Lose Second Straight to Finish Home Tournament


San Antonio - Trinity's women's basketball team lost its second straight game on Tuesday night, falling 79-66 against 14th-ranked University of Southern Maine at the Trinity University Texas Challenge.

Trinity (7-3) opened the tournament on a six-game win streak, but today's loss - along with yesterday's defeat against Baldwin Wallace - gives the Tigers their first losing streak of the year.

Southern Maine led 49-37 at halftime as both teams shot the ball very well.  Trinity hit 59.3% (16-27) from the field, while Southern Maine was 16-33 (48.5%) in the period.  The visitors also hit 13-15 from the foul line, while the Tigers were just 2-5 from the line.

Both teams cooled off considerably in the second half (neither shot over 40%), but 23 total turnovers and a 22-5 discrepancy at the free throw line proved to be more than Trinity could overcome in this game.

Trinity actually jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game, then after Southern Maine tied it 15-15, the Tigers scored eight straight to grab its biggest lead of the game.  Southern Maine was able to come right back, though, changing the game again during a 12-0 run that actually put the visitors on top for the first time. 

Even after the Tigers broke up the 12-0 run, Southern Maine continued to put the pressure on, eventually scoring 25 of 31 points in a span of about eight minutes, and taking an 11-point lead.  That lead was as high as 15 points in the first half.

Just over five minutes into the second half, Trinity was back in the game after Danielle Hubenak's three-pointer made it 56-51.  Hubenak finished with 27 points to lead all scorers, hitting 10-16 from the field overall and 6-8 from three-point range.  The six three-pointers are tied for the second-most in school history, though Hubenak broke the record with seven threes earlier this season.

The Tigers continued their comeback over the next few minutes, finally tying the game 62-62 on another Hubenak three-pointer with 8:44 to go.  Southern Maine then forced a couple of turnovers combined with two missed shots for Trinity, reclaiming the lead with six straight points.  Southern Maine actually hit 3-4 from three-point range over a four-minute stretch to pull away, then nailed 6-6 free throws in the final minute to clinch it.

In addition to Hubenak's big day, Trinity's Krista Prato Matthews grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to go with 11 points and five blocks.  Prato Matthews also had four steals and three assists in the game, though she hit just 5-14 from the field. 

Abby Dietert connected on five of her eight shots for 12 points, while Alexandra Blake and Lauren Hickey chipped in with five points each. 

Stacey Kent led Southern Maine with 24 points and 4-8 three-pointers, while Nicole Paradis had 19 points on 6-9 from the field and 7-7 from the line.  Kristi Violette finished with 12 points and 16 boards for the visitors.

Trinity will resume Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend, hosting Hendrix College and Millsaps College on Friday and Saturday nights.  The Tigers open with Millsaps on Friday at 8:00 p.m.


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