Clarksville, Ark.-Howard Payne University displayed a stifling defense while shooting 53 percent from the three-point line to upend the University of the Ozarks women's basketball team 94-52 in Saturday's American Southwest Conference game.
<#IMAGE:1#>The Lady Eagles (2-2, 0-1) had trouble from the field, shooting only 35 percent in the first half, and 30 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, Howard Payne (2-0, 1-0) shot a sizzling 54 percent in the first half, including hitting 6-of-11 (54%) from the three-point line. Behind HPU’s Meia Daniels 13 points, the Lady Jackets held a 55-27 advantage at intermission. Ozarks trailed 24-16 at the 12:49 mark of the first half, but Howard Payne went on a 31-11 run to close out the half. Howard Payne hit only 12 field goals in the second half, but held off Ozarks by nailing 14-of-17 (82%) from the free throw line. The visitors maintained a 30-plus lead throughout the majority of the final twenty minutes of play. Mandi Carter had a team-best 10 points. Tiffany Jewell had a team-high 6 rebounds. Ozarks will host Sul Ross State University on Monday in American Southwest Conference play.