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Lady Eagles’ Zone Defense Pays Dividends

December 7, 2012
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-A move by U of O Head Women's Coach Carl Ramsey at the midway point of the first half paid dividends for Ozarks as it defeated American Southwest Conference opponent Schreiner University 53-44 Friday night.

The Lady Eagles (4-5, 2-3 ASC) trailed 13-7 in the first half before Ramsey switched to a zone defense. Ozarks’ stingy defense slowed down the Schreiner (4-4, 1-2 ASC) offense and limited the Mountaineers to just three points in the final eight minutes of the half. Schreiner hit just 22 percent from the floor in first half, allowing the Lady Eagles to hold a 21-15 halftime advantage.

Ozarks continued to play zone for most of the second half, but Schreiner still held a 26-23 lead at the 13:55 mark. Ozarks then clamped down defensively and outscored the 30-18 Mountaineers. Jordyn Ferrell fueled Ozarks during that stretch with 15 points. Schreiner hit only 15-of-59 (25%) from the floor in the game.

Ferrell ended with 23 points and seven rebounds. She made 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Kindra Davis had an outstanding all-around game scoring nine points, blocking four shots, recording two steals and grabbing eight rebounds.

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