GEORGETOWN – Southwestern was nearly unstoppable offensively as they opened SCAC action with a 72-69 win over Texas Lutheran University.
The first half quickly became a track meet as both teams moved into a high-pressure, up tempo style. Southwestern took a slight advantage late in the half, shooting 50% from three point range and just under 50% from the field while holding TLU to 34.2% from the field and 13.3% from three point range. With the hot offensive output, the Pirates took a seven point lead, 44-37, into the break.
Southwestern’s hot shooting continued in the second half as they held on to the slight advantage despite the best efforts of the Bulldogs. With 3:50 on the clock the Pirates posted their largest lead, 13 points, with a runner through the lane from Olivia Podaras.
TLU refused to give in, however, and kicked off a 7-0 with a three from Taylor Dydalewicz in the corner to cut Southwestern’s lead to five, 68-63, with 2:30 to play.
The Pirates buckled down and were able to stay ahead as Valerie Logan drained a pair of free throws with 37 seconds remaining to put the Pirates up five, 72-67. TLU hit a layup in response but weren’t able to close the gap any further as SU took the win, 72-69.
Jordan Owens led all scorers with 16 points and posted 10 rebounds for a double double. Bourne had a game high 14 rebounds. Offensively, McKamie Place posted 12 points and Garcia and Madison Eschlehad 11 each. Savannah Hight led TLU with 15 points.
Southwestern ended the game shooting 39% from the floor and 43.5% from three point range while holding TLU to 35.6% from the floor and 17.4% from three point range. The Pirates also won the battle of the boards 47-43.
SU improves to 3-9 on the year and 1-1 in the SCAC while TLU falls to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Southwestern remains at home to face Colorado College on Friday at 6 p.m.