ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Junior guard Taylor Swift knocked down a jumper at the buzzer to give TWU a 60-59 win at Ouachita Baptist in the Pioneers’ season opener Tuesday night.
The Pioneers led most of the second half before OBU took a 59-58 lead on a jumper by Nashia James.
TWU junior Rebekah Cluley missed a jumper with three seconds left in the game, but Swift cleared the offensive rebound and knocked down the winning shot.
Junior guard Tabbatha Thurmond and sophomore guard Toree Mason each scored 16 points to lead the Pioneers on offense.
Thurmond grabbed 11 rebounds, including six on offense. Junior guard Rachel Schlosser also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“We had lot of players step up and play some big minutes,” TWU head coach Beth Jillson said. “We were in foul trouble the whole game, and Toree came off the bench and hit some big 3s. Rachel and Tabb both faced a lot of adversity and never quit.
“Taylor made a huge shot for the win. Her defender went for the double-team and left her open for the putback.”
The Pioneers struggled on offense in the first half and scored just 22 points, but they held Ouachita Baptist to just 24.0 percent shooting and took a one-point lead into halftime.
TWU regrouped in the second half to shoot 42.9 percent and hit 11 of 15 free throws.
The Pioneers will return to action this weekend when they host the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere on Saturday and Sunday at Kitty Magee Arena.
TWU will face Texas A&M-International at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and the Central Oklahoma Bronchos at 4 p.m. Sunday.