GEORGETOWN, Texas - Trinity University went on a 16-0 run over the course of the second and third quarters and never trailed again to earn a 78-67 victory over Texas Lutheran University in the championship game of the 2017 SCAC Women's Basketball Tournament Sunday afternoon at Southwestern University's Robertson Center. Official Tournament Website
Texas Lutheran was led by Kristen Lye's 24 points and six rebounds while Cierra Jordan added an 18-point, five-rebound effort for the Bulldogs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After trailing 21-13 at the end of the first quarter, Trinity went on a 16-0 run over the second and third quarters to take a 37-33 lead. The Tigers held Texas Lutheran scoreless for the last 3:41 of the second quarter and the first 2:59 of the third quarter.
- Trinity out-rebounded Texas Lutheran 45-30 and outscored them 19-11 on second chance points.
- After shooting 37.0 percent (10-27) in the first half, Trinity was red-hot in the second, hitting on 52.8 percent (19-36) of its shots and finishing the game at 46.0 percent (29-63).
- Allison Staley: 17 points, 5 rebounds
- Elizabeth Balido: 15 points, 5 rebounds
- Monica Holguin: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
- Micah Weaver: 8 points, 11 rebounds
- Kristen Lye: 24 points, 6 rebounds
- Cierra Jordan: 18 points, 5 rebounds
- With the victory, Trinity becomes the first program to win back-to-back women's tournament titles since DePauw (2010 and 2011). The title is the fifth overall for the program.
- The all-tournament team consisted of Bryce Frank of Austin College; Kristen Lye and Cierra Jordan of Texas Lutheran; and Micah Weaver, Elizabeth Balido and Allison Staley of Trinity.
- Staley was named tournament MVP.
- Trinity has played in the last five conference championship games, going 3-2 in those games.
Trinity, the top-ranked team in the NCAA South Region, improves to 26-1 on the season and will find out its NCAA Tournament first-round matchup on Monday when the NCAA announces the 2017 national bracket. Texas Lutheran, the sixth-ranked team in the South Region, drops to 21-6 and will await a word of an at-large berth.