Abilene, Texas-The Hardin-Simmons women took a 29-21 halftime lead and built it into a 72-59 win over the Lady Eagles Thursday night in American Southwest Conference basketball play.
Ozarks (2-4, 0-2 ASC) took an early lead in the first half before Hardin-Simmons (3-2, 1-0 ASC) built a 10-point advantage with three minutes remaining. The Lady Eagles made 7-of-21 (33%) from the field and committed nine turnovers in the first half. But Hardin-Simmons led just 16-15 with 7:41 left in the first half. From that point, the Cowgirls outscored Ozarks 13-6.
Ozarks shot a much better percentage in the second half, hitting a respectable 14-of-27 (51%) from the floor. But a key run by Hardin-Simmons proved to be the difference. Taylor Farmer and Jordyn Ferrell had strong showings in the second half. Farmer made 5-of-10 from the floor to score 12 points, while Ferrell hit 5-of-8 to add 11 points. Ozarks climbed within 38-32 at the 13:22 mark on Farmer’s inside bucket. But Hardin-Simmons responded with a 14-2 run in a little over three minutes to build a 52-34 advantage and cease control of the game.
Farmer led Ozarks with 18 points. Ferrell ended with 14 points and Tamara Wilkett finished with 10 points.
Ozarks will travel to Austin, Texas, to face Concordia University Texas for an ASC game December 1.