Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles took over first place in the American Southwest Conference East division with a 78-66 win over Mississippi College.
The Lady Eagles (13-3), (5-1) came into the contest one game behind the Lady Choctaws in the conference standings. With the win, U of O takes over sole possession of first place and Mississippi College falls to 12-5 and 5-2 in the conference. U of O trailed 32-30 with 2:32 left in the first half, but used a 12 point surge to take a 42-38 lead at halftime. The Lady Eagles got help from hot free throw shooting, hitting 15 of 16 from the charity stripe in the first half. “Anytime you can get a run like that on a team of Mississippi College’s caliber, it’s going to be a big plus,” said head coach Jack Jones. “We got momentum and carried it over into the second half. The confidence of our players was really high going into the second half.” The Lady Eagles controlled the second half thanks to a balanced scoring attack and strong bench play. Six players scored in double figures for U of O. “Our balanced scoring was defiantly a key,” said Jones. That’s makes a big difference because Mississippi College was unable to key on one player. And I can’t say enough about our bench play.” Kristy Watts led the charge with 13 points and grabbed a team high nine rebounds. Mandy Thomas scored 12 points and Jenna Corbell had 11 points. Jacqueline Taylor, Charity Tyree and Christie Shuffield each scored 10 points.