GEORGETOWN — For the second time in five days, the Howard Payne Lady Jackets knocked off Texas Lutheran, 73-68, to open play in the Southwestern University Turkey Classic Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Jackets trailed 25-21 after one quarter and 43-35 at halftime, but grabbed a 56-53 advantage after three periods.
Knotted at 59 with 6:49 remaining, Howard Payne went on a 10-1 spurt to open a 69-60 cushion with 3:06 to go. Anastasia Willis scored twice the paint to break the tie and give the Lady Jackets a 63-59 edge. After trading free throws, which made the score 64-60, Willis again scored in the paint ahead of a Valarie Matlock three-pointer the pushed the lead to nine points.
Texas Lutheran closed the gap to 69-66 with 1:07 left, but Presley McKethan followed with a pair of free throws with 53 seconds remaining. Again TLU crept within a trey, 71-68, but missed a tying three-point attempt with 12 seconds to go. McKethan iced the victory with two more free throws with two seconds left.
Willis paced the Lady Jackets with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Dominique Featherstone also recorded a double-double of 11 points and 11 boards. Matlock tallied 13 points and McKethan finished in double figures with 11 as well. Chelsey Harris chipped in seven points trailed by five from Jada Evans, three from Djimonii Jackson and two points each from Caprica Brooks and Kristin Cunningham.
Howard Payne shot 32 percent (24 of 75) from the floor, including 37 percent (7 of 19) from three-point land, while knocking down 62 percent (18 of 29) of their free throws. The Lady Jackets also owned a 55-31 edge in rebounds and forced 19 turnovers, including eight on steals.
Texas Lutheran, meanwhile, sank 48 percent (27 of 56) of its shots, including 35 percent (9 of 26) for their three-pointers, but got the free throw line just seven times with five conversions.
Tara Molina led TLU with 21 points followed by 15 from Cami Davis and 10 from Presley Stephens.
HPU (2-2) will tangle with host Southwestern at 4 p.m. Sunday.