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Fisher’s 23 Rebounds, 24 Points Ignites Ozarks

January 10, 2009
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Olivia Fisher snagged 23 rebounds and scored 24 points to help Ozarks come from 20 points down in Saturday's 83-75 American Southwest Conference win over Texas Lutheran University.

Texas Lutheran (4-8, 2-6) used a strong three-point game to hold a 44-32 halftime lead. The Bulldogs hit 8-for-17 from behind the arc during the first twenty minutes. The Lady Eagles (5-8, 3-5) held the lead briefly early in the first half, but for the most part it was all Texas Lutheran. The Bulldogs built a 42-22 lead with 3:44, but Ozarks stormed back to cut it to 42-32 with 18 seconds left.

Ozarks continued its run in the second half, as they outscored Texas Lutheran 15-5 in the first seven minutes. Fisher took over scoring eight points during that span and establishing a dominating rebounding presence collecting five boards. The Lady Eagles didn’t let up, eventually taking a 69-53 advantage when April Young scored five straight points. The Bulldogs slowly crept back into the game, but each time Fisher answered with either a basket or a rebound. In all, Ozarks went on 30-9 run that spanned from late in the first half up to the midway point of the second half.

Sabrina Goddard scored 17 points, Lacey Phillips added 14 points and Ashley Teague had 12. Fisher, Phillips and Teague each hit a pair of three-pointers.

Ozarks will host LeTourneau University Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The game can be heard locally on KXIO 106.9 and on the web at www.kxio.nu.

Game Notes:
-Olivia Fisher came within three rebounds of breaking the school’s single-game rebound record. She did surpass her previous best of 18 set last season against Texas Lutheran. The school rebound record is 25 set in 2002 by Jenna Corbell.
-The game had a combined 145 shots from the field, the most of the season thus far.
-Lacey Phillips hit two three-pointers for the sixth time this season. She has nailed a three in all but two games.
-Ozarks has won two straight and have easily surpassed last season’s win total. The Lady Eagles are actually averaging less points than a year ago, but are holding their opponents to 13 fewer points a contest.

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