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Hardin-Simmons Puts Away Lady Eagles With Strong First Half Finish

January 6, 2006
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks women's basketball team was handed only their second American Southwest Conference loss of the season when ASC West opponent Hardin-Simmons University gave the Lady Eagles a 90-72 setback in Abilene, Texas, on Thursday night.

Hardin-Simmons (8-2, 6-2) held a 40-27 edge at halftime and increased that lead to 47-27 after just two minutes into the second half. Ozarks (7-4, 6-2) trailed by double-digits throughout the second half and could only get as close as 14 points. The third-place Cowgirls out rebounded the Lady Eagles 52-29 in the game. Ozarks held the lead for a good portion of the first half and took a 22-21 advantage with 7:49 remaining when LaTisha McCalister scored. However, Hardin-Simmons reeled off a 19-5 run to finish out the half and take momentum of the contest. McCalister came off the bench and scored 22 points in 20 minutes of action for Ozarks. She went 9-of-15 from the floor, including a 3-of-4 performance from the three-point line. McCalister rounded out her stat line with 6 blocked shots. Erica Eneks added 11 points and a team-best 6 rebounds. The Lady Eagles dropped into second place in the ASC East division standings. Ozarks faces McMurry University on Saturday in Abilene, Texas.