GEORGETOWN, Texas – A huge first half was enough to give SU their first loss of the season as Moravian controlled the game to defeat Southwestern 83-70.
Southwestern opened shaky as they committed three turnovers in the first six possessions while Moravian took advantage, scoring easy jumpers in transition and led by 11, 26-15, with 10:54 remaining in the half.
Moravian was lights out from three point range, shooting 62.5%, and extended their lead back to 13, 36-23.
Valerie Logan took control of the game for Southwestern and set her teammates up for success with great passes to pull SU within five, 36-33 with just over four minutes to play. Leeder's coast-to-coast layup gave Southwestern the lead 39-38 for the first time in the game with two minutes to play. SU trailed by five, 44-39, at the break after a late Moravian run.
Moravian picked up where they left off as the track meet continued as the second half got underway. No matter the run the Pirates manufactured Moravian had the answer and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way, handing Southwestern an 83-70 loss.
Southwestern shot 40.6% from the floor and 37.5% from three point range while Moravian shot 42.7% from the field and 36.4% from three point range. SU lost the rebounding battle 46-40 and committed four more turnovers.
Chelsea Leeder led Southwestern with 17 points while Moravian's Alexis Wright led all scorers with 19 points. McKamie Place added in 13 points in her first start.
The Pirates have started the season 1-1 after the opening weekend. They return to action on Friday at Concordia at 5:30 pm.