Richardson, Texas-The Lady Eagles were knocked out of the playoff race after suffering a 64-44 loss at the hands of Texas-Dallas Monday night in American Southwest Conference play.
Ozarks (11-13, 7-11 ASC) had to win its two remaining regular season games to qualify for the playoffs. And, Mississippi College needed to lose all three of its remaining games. Ozarks will end the season against LeTourneau University February 14 in Clarksville.
The Lady Eagles had to play without injured point guard Chelsea Glasscock, who leads the ASC in three-pointers with 54. But backup Ashley Hipps filled in nicely as she drilled 4-of-8 from long-range and scored a team-high 16 points Thursday night. Ozarks played a solid first half and got within six points with one minute left before Texas-Dallas (16-8, 12-6 ASC) hit back-to-back jumpers to extend its lead to 35-25 going into intermission.
The Lady Eagles had a much tougher second half as Texas-Dallas limited Ozarks to six total field goals in the final twenty minutes. The Lady Eagles would hit just 6-of-26 from the floor and fell behind by 15 points nine minutes into the second half.
Taylor Farmer followed Hipps in the scoring column with 12 points.