Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles fought back from a 21-point second half deficit only to see Concordia University Texas hit a free throw with one second remaining to escape with a 73-72 win in Saturday's American Southwest Conference opener in Austin, Texas.
The Tornados (1-0, 1-0) held a 44-33 halftime advantage and extended their lead to 65-44 with 12:13 remaining in the game. But Ozarks (2-3, 0-1) made a valiant comeback, whittling the lead down to 69-60 behind a Sabrina Goddard three-point play with 6:17 remaining. Ozarks eventually took a 70-69 lead with 1:41 left when April Young completed another three-point play. A Lady Eagles foul with 31 seconds left allowed Concordia to tie the contest at 72-72. Ozarks would appear to have the last possession of the game, but Concordia forced a turnover and would get the ball back. An Ozarks foul with one second left put the Tornados at the free throw line where Katie Shaffstall missed the first, but sank the second to give Concordia the win.
Olivia Fisher had another big night on the boards, collecting 17 rebounds, 13 of which were on the defensive end.
Ally Goddard led the team with 14 points. Fisher followed with 11 points, and Young and Lacey Phillips each scored 10 points.
Ozarks will face Mary Hardin-Baylor Monday night in Belton, Texas.