Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks women's basketball team was unable to hold onto a six-point halftime lead and were outscored 45-28 in the second half in a 74-63 loss to McMurry University in American Southwest Conference play in Abilene, Texas, on Saturday.
McMurry (12-0, 9-0) held just one lead in the first half after scoring the game’s first basket. Ozarks (7-5, 6-3) would then control the first twenty minutes of action thanks to a dominating performance by Mandi Carter. Carter went 9-of-11 from the field and recorded 4 steals for the Lady Eagles. Carter scored six straight points on two different occasions and pumped in 10 points in the span of five minutes early in the first half. The second half went in McMurry’s favor as the Lady Indians opened with back-to-back three-pointers. Ozarks held a one-point lead on five different occasions in the second half and a Lindsey Nietert three-pointer would tie the contest at 53-53 with 8:13 remaining. However, McMurry would then outscore Ozarks 21-10 to finish the game. McMurry took advantage of their 31 free throw opportunities, hitting 74 percent, while Ozarks went to the line only two times in the game. Carter led Ozarks with a season-high 26 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field. Carter has scored over 800 career points and grabbed over 500 career rebounds at Ozarks. LaTisha McCalister scored 19 points and had a team-best 8 rebounds. Erica Eneks had 9 assists. The Lady Eagles remain in second place in the ASC East division. Ozarks travels to Tyler, Texas, to face UT-Tyler on January 12 and Richardson, Texas, to face UT-Dallas on January 14.