Clarksville, Ark.- UT-Dallas fought off a late comeback by the University of the Ozarks women's basketball team to hand the Lady Eagles a 72-66 loss in American Southwest Conference action on Thursday night.
<#IMAGE:1#>The Lady Eagles (8-10, 6-7) were down 36-30 at the half and could never get things going on the offensive end, shooting only 38 percent from the field in the game. Ozarks never led in the second half, but came to within 41-40 with 14:51 left in the game when Jeanne Randall scored. UT-Dallas (7-11, 5-9) eventually extended their advantage to 58-47 with 8:15 left. Ozarks then slowly fought back and made it 67-64 when Mandi Carter scored an inside basket with 1:06 left. After a pair of UT-Dallas free throws, Ozarks made it 69-66 when Lindsey Nietert scored with 13 seconds left. However, the Lady Comets answered with three straight free throws to secure the contest. Randall and Erica Eneks each scored 17 points to lead Ozarks. Nietert contributed 14 points and Carter had her sixth double-double of the season after scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Ozarks will host University of Texas-Tyler on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Game. Former Ozarks stars Kenneth Little and Lori (Myers) Hines will be inducted following the women’s game that day.