For a few moments Friday, it seemed the Hendrix women’s basketball team would stage another dramatic tournament comeback.
Trinity repelled a Warrior charge in the third quarter and pulled away to an 82-74 victory in the first rond of an NCAA Division 3 regional at UT-Dallas in Richardson, Texas.
Last weekend, Hendrix trailed Birmingham-Southern, 18-4, in the first quarter but came from behind to defeat the Panthers and win the Southern Athletic Association title.
Friday, Trinity led, 41-22, in the second quarter before the Warriors drew within 49-38 at the half. A 12-0 run in the third quarter gave Hendrix a 54-43 lead. Then, the Tigers found another gear to go on a 15-5 run to regain control of the game.
A basket by Maddie Anderson pulled the Warriors within 67-63 with 6:03 left. A basket and two free throws by Micah Weaver pushed the Trinity lead to 77-65. Baskets by Amber Turner and Leah Boehl and a free throw by Heather Prowse spark a last-minute Hendrix rally.
Weaver led four players in double figures for the Tigers (27-1), who advance to play either UT-Dallas or Claremont-Scripps-Mudd on Saturday in the regional pod.
Sara Dyslin of Hendrix recorded her 19th double-double of the season with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Heather Prowse of Mount Vernon added 12 points, seven rebounds and a season-high five assists. Boehl added 11 points on three 3-pointers.
Hendrix, making its first appearance in the NCAA women’s tournament since 2000, finished the season at 18-11.