Clarksville, Ark.-Mary Hardin-Baylor used 16 players and a full court press to wear down the Lady Eagles en route to a 79-68 Monday night American Southwest Conference win.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (2-2, 1-1 ASC) held just a 26-23 halftime lead, but stretched it to 37-27 early in the second half using a tough full court defense. In the first half, Ozarks (1-4, 0-2 ASC) held the lead on a pair of occasions, once coming on April Young’s shot at the 13-minute mark. The other would come when Lindsey Louks hit a pair of free throws with 12:04 remaining. The Crusaders built a 26-17 advantage with 3:12 remaining in the first half, but Ozarks roared back behind an Ally Goddard three-pointer and a Louks three-point play to make it a three-point game at intermission.
The Crusaders continued to use their depth in the second half and increased their lead to 17 points at the midway point. Ozarks would cut it to 54-42 on an Alison Villines three-pointer with 8:55 left. However, the Lady Eagles cut the deficit to single digits just once after that.
Villines came off the bench and led Ozarks with 20 points behind a 4-of-7 effort from the three-point line. Young added 14 points and Louks scored 12. Young led the team with 9 rebounds.
Ozarks will travel to Brownwood, Texas, to face Howard Payne University December 3 for a conference game. Ozarks will then head to Alpine, Texas, to face Sul Ross State University December 5.