Clarksville, Ark.-The women's basketball team came up with a big 72-67 win over McMurry University on Monday night in American Southwest Conference crossover play in Abilene, Texas.
The Lady Eagles (2-1) held a 30-20 lead at halftime after Ozarks used a strong offensive output to end the first half. A Mandi Carter layup at the 6:26 mark triggered an 11-6 run to close out the first half. The Lady Eagles would shoot a solid 50 percent from the field in the first half while holding McMurry (3-1) to a 28 percent shooting clip. Ozarks jumped out to a 35-20 lead to start the second half after Jenna Corbell scored on a layup at the 18:41 mark. The Lady Indians eventually narrowed the margin to 65-64 with 58 seconds remaining in the game, but Ozarks would come through at the free throw line, hitting 7-of-8 in the waning moments. Senior guard Rachael Marble nailed 4-of-4 free throws in the clutch to help the Lady Eagles defeat the previously unbeaten Lady Indians. Carter led the squad with 17 points and a team-best 9 rebounds while shooting 8-of-14 from the field. Senior guard Tiffany Villines added 16 points and hit 4-of-6 three-pointers. Marble contributed 13 points and Corbell had 11 points. Ozarks continues crossover action when they host Mary-Hardin Baylor on December 4 and Concordia-Austin on December 6. Crossover games with ASC West division opponents do not count in the conference standings this season.