McPHERSON — The Southwestern College women’s basketball team began the 2019-20 campaign off the right way, defeating Central Christian 70-60 in the season opener.

The Lady Builders (1-0) jumped out to a 21-18 lead after one quarter, but endured a big scoring outburst by the Lady Tigers in the second quarter that was sparked by a 9-0 run.

Central Christian’s defense also turned it up on a notch in the second, limiting the Lady Builders to just 10 points.

The Lady Tigers took an 11-point lead into the locker room at halftime.

Southwestern shot just 31.5 percent from the field, while Central Christian shot 45.5 percent.

The third quarter was where the game flipped as the Lady Builders outscored the home team 27-7 to turn an 11-point deficit into a nine-point lead, finishing the quarter on a 9-0 run.

Junior Sydney Webb finished with a team-high 19 points in her Lady Builders debut, including four 3-pointers. Senior Brittany Lawler also saw double-figure scoring, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.

A big part of Southwestern’s success came from the glass, outrebounding the Lady Tigers 55-38, 15 on the offensive glass.

Five Southwestern players had at least seven rebounds, led by 11 from junior Ashley Carrillo. Senior Marissa Evans grabbed 10 to go with eight points and six assists.

It was the first season-opening victory for the Lady Builders since 2014.

Southwestern continues nonconference action at 6 p.m. Monday at Randall in Moore, Okla.

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