Clarksville, Ark.-Hendrix College kept its 13-game win streak intact against the Lady Eagles with a narrow 75-73 win Tuesday night in non-conference play.
Ozarks (1-2), which hasn’t beaten the Warriors (3-0) since the 1997-98 season, got a 27-point, 20-rebound effort from center Sabrina Goddard. Goddard went to the line 20 times and sank 15, while ending with 15 rebounds on the defensive end. April Young and Ally Goddard had standout games, scoring 21 points and 16 points, respectively. Young snagged seven rebounds, and Goddard was again lethal from the three-point line, hitting four of her eight attempts. The trio combined for 64 points in the loss.
Neither team was able to establish control of the game and the contest saw ten ties throughout its entirety. Hendrix gained the largest lead of the game, 68-60, coming at the 6:39 mark of the second half.
Ozarks trailed 20-13 at the 12:50 mark of the first half, but later tied it on Young’s shot minutes later. Sabrina Goddard hit a pair of free throws with 2:36 left in the half to put Ozarks ahead 39-34, but the Warriors rallied to a 43-39 halftime advantage.
The second half was a back-and-forth effort, with Ozarks holding a narrow 60-59 lead with under eight minutes to play. Hendrix, however, went on a 9-0 run to gain a 68-60 lead. The Lady Eagles fought back to tie it 68-68 on Savannah Carter’s layup with less than four minutes to play. Hendrix then answered with another run to go up 75-68 with 2:44 remaining. Ally Goddard nailed a three-pointer to cut it to 75-71 with 2:05 left and Sabrina Goddard made both of her free throws with 1:11 on the clock to get Ozarks within 75-73. Hendrix then missed on their next possession, but forced an Ozarks’ turnover to get the ball back with just 35 seconds left. Ozarks’ defense held strong and got the ball back with nine second remaining for the final shot of the game. Ally Goddard threw up desperation three-pointer with just one tick on the clock, but Hendrix’s Chelsey White blocked the shot out of bounds.
Hendrix’s bench outscored Ozarks 30-2.
Ozarks will begin conference play when it hosts Concordia University Texas November 28 and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor November 30. Both games can be heard at www.kxio.nu. Live video will also be available at www.sportsnation360.com/schools/webcast/University-of-the-Ozarks.