GEORGETOWN — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets chalked up their first victory of the 2018-19 basketball season, and the Yannick Denson coaching tenure, with a 73-71 road triumph over Southwestern Saturday afternoon.
Tied with 9:33 left in the contest, Howard Payne (1-2) reeled off nine consecutive points to seize control, 62-53, with 6:16 to go. Southwestern (0-3) clawed back within a point, 63-62, with 3:15 left, but the Lady Jackets followed with a 9-3 surge to stretch the advantage to 72-65 with 48 seconds left. Southwestern drained a pair of three-pointers in the final 30 seconds, but it was too little, too late.
The Lady Jackets trailed throughout much of the contest as Southwestern led 19-13 after one quarter, 35-30 at halftime and 51-50 through three frames.
Howard Payne shot 42 percent (20 of 48) from the floor, hitting six three-pointers, and knocked down 61 percent (27 of 44) of its free throws. The Lady Jackets were outrebounded 42-27 and committed 20 turnovers to 18 by Southwestern.
Five Lady Jackets finished in double figures, led by Payge Grable’s team-high 12 points. Caprica Brooks, Chelsey Harris and Anastasia Willis each posted 11 points trailed by Salina Ali with 10, Lily Janek with nine and Haile Tomlinson with two points.
For Southwestern — which shot 32 percent (20 of 62) from the floor, with five treys, and 65 percent (26 of 40) at the free throw line — Zharre Brown poured in a game-high 26 points followed by 23 points from Cecily Woolfork.
The Lady Jackets return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Houston Baptist, then face Millsaps College and Birmingham-Southern at the Millsaps College Classic Nov. 24-25.