GEORGETOWN, Texas — Southwestern outscored Hardin-Simmons 52-29 in the second half and overtook the Cowgirls 87-78 in the first game of the Melanie Chonko era in women’s basketball on Friday evening in Georgetown.
The Cowgirls jumped out to a 49-35 halftime lead, behind 12 points from freshman Kayla Brown and 10 from Shelby Hanna. HSU had an early 8-2 lead and SU tied it at 11. HSU then went on a 14-4 run to take a 25-15 lead. Brown had the last seven points in the run.
HSU ran the lead out to 49-31 with :52 to play in the half, but SU scored the last four points of the half.
SU added to the run to start the half and eventually pushed the run to a 22-2 run to make it 53-49 with 15:47 to play. SU took its first lead of the game at the 12:30 mark and the nine-point final margin was tied for the Pirates biggest lead of the night.
Jaclyn von der Heide led the Cowgirls with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brown finished with 14 points, Lauren Thomas had 11 points and Hanna 10.
Chelsea Leeder had 16 points to lead five Pirates in double figures.
HSU plays Trinity at 5 p.m. on Saturday.