Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles upset bid against Mississippi College came up just short as a desperation three-pointer in the final seconds missed in Saturday's American Southwest Conference game in Clinton, Mississippi.
The Lady Eagles (9-10, 8-8) are tied for fifth place in the ASC East division standings with Austin College and have six games remaining, including four at home. The top four teams in the division earn a spot in the playoffs. The No. 19-ranked Lady Choctaws (16-1, 14-1) seemed to have control of the game until Ozarks stormed back to within 59-57 after Lindsey Nietert hit a jumper with 11 seconds left. Mississippi College then hit one-of-one from the free throw line to give Ozarks the final possession with 6 seconds remaining, but it was to know avail as a three-pointer at the buzzer was missed. The Lady Choctaws had a 24-20 lead at halftime and would increase their advantage to 55-41 before Ozarks made a 16-5 run over the next seven minutes. Lori Moon scored five straight points, including a three-pointer, to begin the spurt. LaTisha McCalister scored seven points down the stretch to pull Ozarks within 59-55 with 28 seconds remaining. McCalister scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to record her first double-double of the year. She has scored in double figures in 17 of Ozarks’ 19 games. Moon added 14 points and 6 rebounds.