In a game in which the Howard Payne Lady Jackets finally pulled even in the fourth period, but never owned the lead, the Southwestern Lady Pirates sank a tie-breaking free throw with two seconds left Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum to secure a 65-54 victory.
Howard Payne slipped to 1-2 with the loss, while Southwestern moved to 2-4.
Trailing by as many as five points, 59-54, with 5:52 remaining, the Lady Jackets drew even at 61 with 2:21 left on a bucket by Bria Neal.
Behind a trio of free throws, Southwestern gradually stretched its lead out to 64-61. But HPU's Chelsey Harris drained a three-pointer, knotting the score at 64 with 1:12 left.
Neither team scored again until the decisive free throw, and Howard Payne attempted only one shot over the final 72 seconds, which was off target at the buzzer.
With 7:17 left in the fourth quarter, Howard Payne created the first tie of the game, 53-all, on another bucket by Neal. Southwestern responded with six of the next seven points, however, as the Lady Jackets were forced into catch-up mode again.
Southwestern scored the first five points of the game and led 21-14 after one quarter, 39-29 at halftime and 43-36 heading into the fourth.
Howard Payne converted 42 percent (28 of 66) of its field goals — including 22 percent (4 of 18) of its three-pointers — but was just 4 of 9 at the free throw line. The Lady Jackets also owned a 42-36 edge in rebounds and committed 18 turnovers while causing 15.
Neal scored a team-high 19 points for the Lady Jackets trailed by Delaney Ingram with 14, Harris with 10, Mallory Garcia with six, and Anastasia Willis, Salina Ali and Lily Janek with five points apiece.
Southwestern drained 41 percent (24 of 59) of its field goal attempts — including 25 percent (5 of 20) of its treys — and 12 of 22 free throws.
Noel Pratts finished with 19 points for the Lady Pirates, while Cecily Woolfork contributed a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Jackets venture to UT-Permian Basin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, then take on Schreiner and St. Thomas (Houston) in the ASC-SCAC Challenge in Alpine Nov. 30-Dec. 1.