My word: Trinity beats D1 foe

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Monica Holguin scored a career high 24 points including six free throws down the stretch to beat D1 Incarnate Word.
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After playing one Division I foe closely on Wednesday night, No. 19 Trinity (Texas) beat another on Saturday. The Tigers knocked off Incarnate Word 61-55 in a cross divisional battle of San Antonio teams.

Trinity (Texas) hung close with Division I Houston Baptist on Wednesday night before the Huskies pulled away in the second half for a 60-46 win. This time the Tigers erased an eight-point deficit with eight minutes remaining, tying Incarnate Word at 50 a piece. The Tigers outscored the Cardinals 9-3 the rest of the way with Monica Holguin making six free throws down the stretch.

"It was a special opportunity for us," admitted Tiger Head Coach Cameron Hill. "We owe both Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word a debt of gratitude for scheduling us, and giving us the opportunity to have these games. I just really appreciate what they (UIW) did to come in here and compete with us. There are a lot of variables which go into a Division III school competing with a Division I school. We talked before the game about, 'don't build in excuses as to why you can't accomplish something. Let's talk about the evidence.' When we looked at the papers and the numbers, and the way we matched up with them, we all believed we could win the game. That's not disrespect to Incarnate Word, it's just the way we matched up with them." Trinity's full recap

Monica Holguin posted a career-best 24 points for the Tigers, shooting 6-14 from the field, 4-7 from three-point range, and sinking 8-9 free throws.  She also led the team with six rebounds and five assists, and tied for the team lead with four steals.

Incarnate Word and Houston Baptist play in Division I's Southland Conference. Trinity also played Division I foe Texas-San Antonio closely in an exhibition loss earlier this season.

Division III teams have beaten Division I opponents just three times in women's basketball since 2003. The last victory occured in January 2007 when Louisiana College defeated McNeese State. Coincidentally Louisiana College beat McNeese State in men's basketbal earlier this season.

Victories over Division I women's opponents

Date Winner Loser Score Highlights
Dec. 5, 2015 Trinity (Texas) Incarnate Word 61-55 Tigers win crosstown, cross divisional battle
Jan. 3, 2007 Louisiana College McNeese State 61-57 (OT) McNeese had double-digit second-half lead
Dec. 3, 2003 Whitworth Utah Valley State 64-62 UVSU in first season in D-I

Victories over Division I men's opponents

Date Winner Loser Score Highlights
Nov. 17, 2015 Louisiana College McNeese State 73-70 New LC coach replaces legend with a flourish
Nov. 23, 2013 Wilmington Miami (Ohio) 65-63 Rallied from down 12 in final nine minutes
Nov. 17, 2010 Colorado College Air Force 60-57 (OT) Tigers hold Falcons to one FG in OT
Dec. 4, 2008 Millikin SIU-Edwardsville 70-59 Millikin rallies vs. first-year D-I program
Nov. 23, 2007 Shenandoah Houston Baptist 78-75 Houston Baptist's first year in D-I
Dec. 30, 2006 UT-Dallas  UT-Arlington  78-76  UTD finishes game on 26-10 run 
Dec. 28, 2005 Carnegie Mellon  Princeton  51-46 Princeton had won 27 in a row vs. D-III teams
Dec. 22, 2005 Puget Sound UC Riverside 115-111 UPS forces 22 second-half turnovers
Dec. 18, 2004 Gettysburg Navy 75-69 Gettysburg avenged one-point loss from 2003
Dec. 4, 2003 Williams Holy Cross  78-71 Williams led comfortably throughout
Dec. 4, 2003 Fisk Tennessee State 65-63 Fisk hits FTs, survives buzzer-beater attempt
Dec. 20, 2002 Mary Washington VMI 60-56 VMI 2-8 FT down stretch, MWC 7-9
Dec. 4, 2002 Johns Hopkins Navy 66-61 Navy had won previous 16 meetings
Nov. 25, 2002 Fisk Tennessee State 69-65 Fifth D-III upset in three years
Dec. 29, 2001 Macalester Yale 90-82 Mac 30-40 from line in game at Furman tourney
Dec. 18, 2000 Wartburg Central Florida 72-60 Wartburg finishes on 19-8 run
Nov. 25, 2000 Augustana Western Illinois 76-71 Drew Carstens scores 25 as Augie holds off rally
Nov. 18, 2000 Catholic Albany 59-56 Pat Maloney scores 20, Catholic goes on to win title
Nov. 24, 1998 McMurry UT-Arlington 80-76 McMurry comes back from 18 down in second half
Dec. 6, 1997 Sewanee Belmont 74-69