ST. LOUIS, MO -- Maybe it was the long flight. Maybe it was the twenty degree weather. For some reason the Slugs started very sluggishly against the Tigers. The Slugs committed three consecutive turnovers as the Tigers raced off to a quick 11-2 lead. Three pointers by Sarah Mackey and Tyler Willis cut the lead to 11-8. The Slugs had a chance but more sloppy play let the Tigers off the hook. Coach Kent, looking for something to spark the Slugs replaced all five starters.
The bench led by Erin Joo played excellent defense but just could not find the bottom of the net as Trinity extended the lead to 15-8 with 12 minutes to go. Sarah Mackey, who would make the all tournament team, finally ended the drought. Leah Parrish followed with a jumper and two free throws and the Slugs trailed only 21-20 with 7 minutes to go. The Tigers responded with two baskets. A layup by Mackey and another by Sarah Crane, off a beautiful pass from Sarah Fitzgerald, once again reduce the lead to a point with 3 minutes to go. The extended minutes played by this group of Slugs finally took its toll as the Tigers closed out the half with a 9-0 run and lead 35-25 at the half.
The Tigers put this one away early with an 8-0 to start the second half. The Slugs made several second half runs at the Tigers behind 10 points from Ashley Holmes but would never get closer than 11 points. The Tigers made enough free throws and two critical three point shots to seal the win.