Women’s basketball starts season with wins and victory

Trinity women’s basketball conquered Hardin Simmons 64-56 on Saturday to continue their 6-0 undefeated record.

The Tigers came out strong with a 22-4 start to the game, then kept the lead the rest of the game making it 39-23 at halftime.

Senior center Anecia Richardson speaks on the team’s focus and determination.

“Remembering to play our game and not play down to our opponents. Every team we play is going to want to be that team that ends our streak. We have the same goals for each game and we try to meet those goals every game,” Richardson said.

This game was all about the turnovers with Trinity only having 8 to Hardin Simmons’ 19.

Everything else on the board was fairly equal, Trinity had 42 rebounds and 15 assists and Hardin Simmons had 44 rebounds and 14 assists.

Junior guard Monica Holguin led the team by 18 points followed by Richardson adding 13 points.

Senior forward Bryony Harris led the team in rebounds having 9 total, really contributing to the number of turnovers, while also tying for the lead in total assists with senior Caitlin Barrett each with four for the game.

Richardson added to her successful game by also trailing in rebounds having 6 total behind Harris.

Overall, the Tigers had a solid game leaving no room for a comeback for the Cowgirls.

This has been the best start for the Tigers since the 2003-04 season with eight consecutive wins.

Even though the Tigers have started off with such a great season it has not always been easy.

The Tigers tend to get too comfortable with their lead letting their opponent comeback in the second half allowing the games to get close.

“When the game gets close we just have to remember that basketball is a game of runs,” Richardson said. “We can catch on to what we need to fix to keep the game competitive or make a lead bigger.”

With the team being led by six seniors and three juniors the Tigers are heavily stacked in upperclassmen as opposed to under class men representation

The older girls on the team have done a great job according to head coach, Cameron Hill, on creating a team that comes together in times of struggle and competes every second of the game.

“The driving factor for us this season has been the leadership of the upper class. I can’t say enough about them!” Hill said.

With a head coach so excited about your team and your showmanship on the court really helps the motivation aspect of the sport.

With every game there is something to learn from because no one is perfect, and understanding that the Tigers continue to improve in order to achieve their goal of conference champs.

Richardson said “We have so many things to work on like finishing lay-ups, free-throws and open shots. Our coach and our seniors notice that and we work on that during practice. We put focus on our flaws and really try to make sure we can rid of them by conference.”

The season is still young, so the Tigers have lots of time for improvement in order to perfect their flaws by the time the playoffs come around.  

With goals set in mind, the Tigers continue their season attempting to further their record at home Saturday, Dec. 5 against Incarnate Word at 4:00.