Clarksville, Ark.-Erica Eneks poured in a career-high 44 points in a 83-80 loss against American Southwest Conference East Division leader UT-Tyler on Thursday night.
Eneks, the ASC’s leading scorer, came up three points shy of tying the school’s single game points record (47) on Thursday night and has averaged 32 points per game over the last three games. 44 points are the most for any women’s player in NCAA III this season. Eneks used an array of shots to nearly accomplish the feat, but in the end it was the Patriots (14-7, 11-5) that got the victory to stay atop the league standings. Ozarks (1-19, 1-14) led 41-40 at intermission behind Eneks 20 first half points. UT-Tyler held a 24-13 advantage with 11:41 left in the half, but the Lady Eagles stormed back and cut it to 26-23 with 7:54 remaining. The Patriots again took an 11-point advantage at the 3:47 mark before Ozarks finished out the half with a 16-4 run. Eneks single-handedly took over the final four minutes as she scored 9 points.
A back-and-forth battle ensued in the second half, with UT-Tyler building its biggest lead to eight points late in the contest. However, Eneks and company would fight back to within 81-78 with 1:21 left. After UT-Tyler scored on a jumper, Eneks answered with a pair of free throws with 46 seconds on the clock. Ozarks would then force a Patriot turnover with 20 seconds left allowing the Lady Eagles to have the final shot. However, UT-Tyler blanketed Eneks and made Sara Shaw take a tough three-point shot with 3 seconds left.
Eneks finished 16-of-26 (61%) from the field, and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She hit 4-of-11 from the three-point line. Olivia Fisher, the ASC’s leading rebounder, controlled the boards as she snagged 14 rebounds.