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Late First Half Run Dooms Lady Eagles

November 28, 2009
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Concordia University Texas used an impressive 17-3 run in the final four minutes of the first half to change the game's momentum and earn a 84-71 American Southwest Conference win over the Lady Eagles Saturday night.

Ozarks (1-3, 0-1 ASC) had four players reach double figures in scoring on the night, but the Lady Eagles shot just 34 percent from the field in the second half and could not come back from Concordia’s late first half surge. The Lady Eagles held the lead for most of the first half, building a 14-point advantage on a pair of occasions. It was an April Young three-pointer that gave Ozarks a 28-14 lead with 6:17 left. The Lady Eagles held a 32-20 lead with 4:17 remaining after Lindsey Louks hit a jumper. Just when the Lady Eagles appeared to be on the verge of taking a commanding double-digit lead into halftime, the Tornados (1-0, 1-0 ASC) quickly turned things around and reeled off a 17-3 run to close out the half. Concordia went into the half with a narrow 37-35 lead, missing just one shot from the field during their four-minute burst.

Ozarks would hit only 9-of-26 (36%) from the field in the second half to allow Concordia to dictate the game’s pace in the final 20 minutes of action. A Julia Bellquist three-pointer at the 15:36 mark gave the Tornados a 49-40 lead. Young narrowed the deficit to six points on Ozarks next possession, but Concordia went on a 9-1 run over the next two and a half minutes to increase its lead to 58-44. The Lady Eagles had trouble getting back into the game after that, with Concordia holding a double-digit advantage for most of the final 13 minutes.

Sabrina Goddard posted a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds), her third of the season, to lead Ozarks. Young finished with 20 points behind a 4-of-6 three-point shooting performance. Louks ended with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Chelsea Glasscock added 12 points and Ally Goddard dished out 9 assists.