Clarksville, Ark.-Hardin-Simmons University broke open a tight game at the midway point of the second half to pick up a 79-59 win over the Lady Eagles Saturday in American Southwest Conference play.
The Cowgirls (2-4, 1-3 ASC) led just 52-49 with 11:04 remaining in the contest, but outscored Ozarks 27-10 the rest of the way. Ozarks (1-7, 0-5 ASC) didn’t help itself in the second half, hitting only 6-of-25 (24%) from the field. The Lady Eagles’ free throw shooting kept them in the game in the second half as they hit 16-of-18 (88%). Hardin-Simmons held a 38-30 halftime lead, but Ozarks cut it to 38-36 on Ally Goddard’s layup at the 17:44 mark. Hardin-Simmons then built a 52-42 lead four minutes later. Sabrina Goddard hit four straight free throws to cut it to 52-49 with 11:04 left. But Ozarks made just two field goals after that.
The Lady Eagles held just one lead in the game, which came early in the first half. Ozarks got within one point on six occasions in the first half, one of which came with 3:29 left on Sabrina Goddard’s three-pointer.
The Cowgirls dominated the Lady Eagles on the glass as they held a 54-26 edge in the game.
Goddard finished with a team-high 26 points. She hit 11-of-12 free throws. April Young added 16 points.
Bo Warm led Hardin-Simmons with 28 points on a 6-of-8 three-point shooting performance.
Ozarks will host McMurry University in ASC action December 18.