SHERMAN, Texas - The Austin College women's basketball team finished 2019 in style on Monday, knocking off No. 5-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor 70-61 to stay unbeaten and improve to 9-0 on the year.
Austin College led wire-to-wire in the game, pushing the margin to as many as 17 points and putting four players in double-figures in the scoring column. Reagan Chiaverini scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter to help the 'Roos build a double digit lead heading into the fourth quarter, and Austin College would keep that cushion for most of the final period.
The 'Roos led 7-6 late in the opening quarter, but Sarah Gwin's three with 1:04 left made it 14-8 and Andrea Selkow scored to give Austin College a 16-8 lead heading into the second. The Crusaders scored 21 points in the second, but Austin College kept pace with 20 points in the frame to head into the locker room leading 36-29.
Addison Walling opened up the second half scoring with a three to push it to a 10-point game, and after the Crusaders fought back to make it a 45-40 game with 4:54 left in the third the 'Roos got four quick points from Chiaverini and Gwin knocked down a jumper to make it 51-40. Austin College would head into the fourth with a 56-45 advantage.
Mary Hardin-Baylor got a three from Madison McCoy early in the fourth, but Chiaverini answered and Gwin added a three to make it 61-48. A triple from Walling gave the 'Roos their largest lead of the game at 68-51 with 3:34 left to play, and Austin College would cruise from there.
Chiaverini finished the game hitting 6-of-11 shots to get her 16 points, and Walling went 5-for-6 to score 12. Gwin and Natalie McCoy each chipped in 11 points off the bench, while Ally Longaker pulled down 12 rebounds and handed out four assists for the 'Roos.
Allaira Jones led Mary Hardin-Baylor with 16 points, scoring 14 of those in the opening half and adding 12 rebounds. Hannah Holt scored 12, and McCoy finished with 10 for the Crusaders.
Austin College heads back into Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend as they head to Colorado, taking on Colorado College on Friday and Johnson & Wales on Saturday.