Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks women's basketball team routed Rust College 89-66 in their home opener on Tuesday night.
<#IMAGE:1#>Ozarks (2-1, 0-0) shot 61 percent from the field and had five players in double figures. The Lady Eagles also displayed stout defense as they held the Lady Bearcats (0-3, 0-0) to a 33 percent shooting clip. Ozarks out scored the visitors 42-24 in the first half thanks to an offensive output of 59 percent from the field, including a 5-of-12 effort from the three-point line. The Lady Eagles maintained a double-digit lead for the better part of the first half, going on a 9-0 run at one point. A layup by Karen Garcia finished the spurt at the 3:20 mark and gave Ozarks a 40-18 advantage. Ozarks opened up the lead in the second half to as many as 31 points and held a 30-point advantage on three different occasions. Savannah Carter finished with a team-high 15 points on a 3-of-5 performance from the three-point line. Jeanne Randall, Lindsey Nietert and Tiffany Jewell shot a combined 15-of-19 (78%) from the field en route to each scoring 13 points. Erica Eneks scored 11 points. Mandi Carter had a team-best 8 rebounds. Chandra Briggs had 6 assists. Ozarks will begin American Southwest Conference play on Saturday when they host Howard Payne University at 1:00 p.m.