Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles' second half comeback fell short as the Hendrix Lady Warriors (8-3) picked up a 69-64 victory in non-conference play in Conway on Monday night.
Trailing 39-27 at halftime, the Lady Eagles (3-3, 0-0) would slowly close the gap in the second half and eventually take a 50-49 lead at the 8:26 mark on a Tiffany Villines free throw. Mandi Carter would score 15 of her game-high 23 points in a span of under 8 minutes during second half action. Carter began her scoring barrage at the 13:02 mark with a jumper to pull the Lady Eagles within 6 points. Her final bucket with 5:32 left in the game pushed Ozarks lead to 58-54. The two teams battled back and forth after Carter’s score while seeing three of the games seven ties. Hendrix looked to be in control of the game having a 64-60 lead with 1:11 left, but a Jenna Corbell jumper and her two free throws tied the game at 64-64 with just 34 seconds remaining. Ozarks retained possession following Corbell’s free throw after forcing a turnover. The Lady Eagles, however, were unable to convert off the miscue and Hendrix added a basket and three free throws to hang on to the five point win. Carter led the squad with 10 rebounds while recording five assists. Corbell added 14 points and Villines had 11 points. Ozarks travels to Alpine, Texas, to face Sul Ross State on January 3 and to Brownwood, Texas, on January 5 to face Howard Payne University.