COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Southwestern University women's basketball team battled back to even the contest late against Colorado College, but a layup from Nia Duplain with seven seconds to play gave the Tigers a 71-69 win over the Pirates on Friday evening at the Reid Arena.
Southwestern shot 24 of 57 (42%) from the field and 9 of 19 (47%) from deep. On the other side, Colorado College was 30 of 56 (54%) from the field and 7 of 18 (39%) from behind the arc as well as 4 of 5 (80%) from the charity stripe.
The Pirates forced 20 turnovers while finishing with a season-low 12, but were outrebounded 35-27. Southwestern dominated in bench points with 33, but Colorado College had 17 assists to only six from the Pirates.
It was all Pirates in the first five minutes, jumping out to a 12-5 lead. An 8-2 run cut the deficit to one, but Colorado College held an 18-16 lead at the end of the first. Southwestern took their first lead at 23-22 midway through the second quarter on a Zhazze Brown layup, but used a mini 6-0 run to take a five point lead. The Tigers closed the half ahead at 35-31.
Colorado College outscored the Pirates 13-6 to start the second half to open up a double digit lead at 48-37, but a 10-0 Pirate run cut the deficit back down to one. The Tigers ended the run with a layup and took a 50-47 lead into the final quarter.
The Tigers led for the majority of the fourth, building a lead out to 12, but with the game at 65-55 with 5:58 to play, Southwestern went on a wild 14-4 run including seven straight points as a 3-pointer by senior Brooke Swift tied the game at 69 with 30 seconds to play.
However, Colorado College got the go-ahead layup on a baseline in-bounds pass while Southwestern did not get a good look at the buzzer, giving the Tigers the 71-69 win.
Freshman Noel Pratts scored 14 points off the bench on 6 of 8 shooting while senior Madison Edwards scored 12 points including a pair of 3-pointers. Swift finished with 11 including three 3-pointers. Junior Kelsey Faykus added a pair of steals while juniors Tori Carraway and Loryn Hernandez each had four boards.
McKenzee Gertz scored 27 points to lead the Tigers while Casey Torbet had 21 points and nine assists.
Southwestern falls to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in SCAC play. They will travel back to Texas on Saturday and prepare for a 2 PM matchup against the University of Dallas.