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
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
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
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.