Southwestern out-rebounded Austin College 53-39 to win 65-51 and improve to 9-11 and 7-2 in the SCAC at home on Saturday afternoon.
The first half was a battle with five lead changes and five ties, but Southwestern battled off poor shooting to take a four point lead into the locker room, 28-24.
The Pirates opened the second half on a 12-0 run to increase their lead to 16, 40-24, at the blink of an eye. Austin hung close, however, and cut the lead to eight with 12 minutes to play.
Erin Riley hit a pair of free throws with just under four minutes to play to pull the 'Roos within eight, 55-47. AC pulled as close as six with 1:30, but Southwestern did enough defensively and on the glass to close out the game for the win.
Annie was 43 points from being a 1000 point scorer coming into tonight's game and within 40 rebounds of the SCAC career rebounding record. She posted 10 points and a game high 16 rebounds to move to 1059 rebounds and 967 points for her career.
Jordan Owens led all scorers with 17 points and Logan chipped in 14 on 5-10 shooting from the floor and 2-3 from three point range. After a tough first half from the charity stripe, Southwestern shot 90% from the free throw line, 10-11. Austin College had just one player in double-figures, Erin Riley, with 10 points.
The Pirates move into second place in the SCAC with the win and are two wins away from securing a bid to the SCAC Conference Championship. They remain at home to face Trinity on Friday at 6 p.m.