Clarksville, Ark.-Hendrix College out scored the University of the Ozarks Lady Eagles 46-24 in the final fourteen minutes of play to gain a 108-95 victory in a Saturday afternoon non-conference match-up between the two long-time rivals.
Ozarks (4-3, 3-1) appeared to be in control of the high-scoring affair in the second half, but Hendrix (8-1, 1-1) went on an 11-0 run over a two-minute span to take a 73-71 lead with 12:17 remaining in the game. The Lady Eagles did take the lead on two occasions after that point, but it was not enough as the Warriors out scored the Lady Eagles 30-17 in the final eight minutes of the game to secure the win. Hendrix went into halftime with a narrow 53-52 lead despite trailing by as many as 9 points in the first half and holding the lead only three times. The Lady Eagles shot an impressive 58 percent from the field and hit 55 percent of their three-point attempts in the first half. The Warriors, however, benefited from hitting 25-of-29 (86%) from the free throw line in the second half. Hendrix ended the game hitting 49 percent from the field. The game saw 11 different lead changes in what was Ozarks’ highest scoring game of the year. Hendrix would score 30 points off 19 Ozarks’ turnovers. Olivia Fisher led Ozarks with 18 points. Mandi Carter followed with 16 points and LaTisha McCalister had 15 points. Erica Eneks chipped in with 12 points and had a team-high 6 rebounds. Lindsey Nietert had a career-high 12 assists. Tori Huggins was one of four Hendrix players in double figures and topped the team with 29 points. The Lady Eagles will host a pair of back-to-back conference games when they face Schreiner University on December 16 and Texas Lutheran University on December 18.