Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles fell behind 32-16 at the half and couldn't make a comeback in a 59-41 loss to Sul Ross State University in their American Southwest Conference opener on Thursday night in Alpine, Texas.
The Lady Eagles will face the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA III when they travel to Brownwood, Texas, to play Howard Payne on Saturday.
Ozarks (0-3, 0-1) hit only five field goals in the first twenty minutes of play. Sul Ross (2-3, 1-1) didn’t do much better, hitting only nine shots from the field, but did make 12-of-13 free throws to hold 16-point advantage at the end of the half. The Lady Eagles slowly chiseled into a double-digit second half deficit late in the game, getting within 42-37 when Karen Garcia nailed a three-pointer with 8:14 remaining. After a Sul Ross layup following Garcia’s bucket, Ozarks answered when Olivia Fisher hit a jumper with 6:59 left. However, that would be as close as the Lady Eagles would get. The Lobos went on a 6-0 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach.
Neither team shot particular well from the field in the game. Ozarks hit just 26 percent while the Lobos hit only 27 percent.
Erica Eneks finished with a team-high 11 points. Olivia Fisher led the team with 12 rebounds.