Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks women's basketball team cruised past Sul Ross State 74-61 on Monday night in American Southwest Conference play.
<#IMAGE:1#>Ozarks (3-2, 1-1) controlled the game from the outset, taking a 24-7 lead behind a Mandi Carter layup at the 11:27 mark of the first half. The Lady Eagles established an inside-outside combination, with Carter and Jeanne Randall knocking down shots inside, and the starting guard trio of Lindsey Nietert, Erica Eneks and Chandra Briggs combining for 27 points from the perimeter. The Lady Lobos (1-2, 0-1) wouldn’t go away easily though as they went on a 24-10 run to narrow the gap to 34-31 with 2:12 left in the first half. With a 40-33 advantage at the half, Ozarks slowly increased their lead and eventually built a 17-point cushion when Nietert hit a jumper with 4:16 left in the game. The Lady Lobos stayed in the contest by hitting 17-of-21 (81%) from the free throw line in the game. The Lady Eagles played tough defense throughout, forcing 25 turnovers in the contest. Carter led the team with 22 points on 9-of-12 (75%) shooting from the field. Nietert hit 13 points and Randall finished with 12 points. Both Randall and Nietert had five steals apiece. Carter also collected a team-best 8 rebounds. Ozarks will travel to Kerrville, Texas, to face Schreiner University on November 30 and Seguin, Texas, to face Texas Lutheran University on December 2.