GEORGETOWN - A total of 11 different Southwestern Pirates scored as big first and third quarters led the Southwestern University Pirates to a 72-55 win over Hardin-Simmons, snapping a three game losing streak, on Wednesday afternoon at the Robertson Center.
Southwestern shot 24 of 55 (44%) from the field and connected on four 3-pointers while holding the Cowgirls to 19 of 64 (30%) shooting and 2 of 12 from deep (17%). Southwestern got to the free throw line 30 times, connecting on 20 (67%).
The Pirates outrebounded the Cowgirls 42-40 and had 43 points off the bench. Southwestern did have 21 turnovers, but were able to turn over Hardin-Simmons 19 times on the aftenroon.
Southwestern jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes and pushed their lead out to 17-4 en route to a 20-8 lead after one period of play. Southwestern was red hot, shooting 47% in the first period and holding Hardin-Simmons to 13% shooting.
The Pirates maintained their 12 point lead all throughout the second half, using great defense to hold a 31-19 lead at the break.
Southwestern used an amazing third quarter to put the game completely out of reach, shooting 5 of 10 in the period and getting to the free throw line 14 times to build a lead as high as 27. They again held Hardin-Simmons in check, this time holding them to 20% as they outscored the Cowgirls 21-9 in the period.
From there, Southwestern emptied the bench and ran the clock out to eventually earn the 17-point win, putting together one of their best all-around performances thus far this season.
It was an all-around team effort with freshman Noel Pratts leading the pack with 11 points. Sophomore Zhazze Brown scored nine off the bench while three different Pirates had eight points in junior Tori Carraway, senior Madison Edwards, and sophomore Catherine Staskawicz.
Sophomore Naomi Brown had seven boards while Carraway pulled down five while Carraway had a pair of assists and steals. Sophomore Cecily Woolfolk had a nice all-around game with seven points, two steals, and two blocks.
Jasmine Croskey led Hardin-Simmons with nine points while Addison Garcia pitched in eight points.
The Pirates move to 3-6 overall and will take some time off with the holiday season rapidly approaching, They will return to action on December 30th as they will head to Abilene, Texas for a 4 PM matchup with McMurry.