Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles dropped their second consecutive home American Southwest Conference game after Hardin-Simmons University came away victorious on Saturday afternoon in Clarksville.
The Lady Eagles (2-9, 2-6) played the Cowgirls (10-1, 8-1) hand-in-hand for most of the game until Hardin-Simmons slowly put the contest away at the mid-way point of the second half while gaining a 93-69 victory over Ozarks. The Lady Eagles paid little attention the Cowgirls No. 8 national ranking in the first half as Ozarks’ defense held the Cowgirls to a 34 percent shooting clip from the field in the first twenty minutes of action. Ozarks would hit timely baskets throughout the first half, erasing any chance of a Cowgirl run. Hardin-Simmons took a narrow 29-27 lead into intermission despite a big performance by Olivia Fisher. Fisher scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in first half play. The Lady Eagles couldn’t take the lead in the second half, but battled within eight points after a layup by Erica Eneks with 10:55 remaining. The Cowgirls then went on a 21-10 run over the next seven minutes to take the victory. Fisher led the team with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor. Fisher also recorded a career-high 15 rebounds. Eneks added 17 points and Karen Garcia had 10 points. Ozarks will host Austin College in ASC action on January 10 at 5:30 p.m.