Clarksville, Ark.-McMurry University took a 45-38 advantage into the half and then held a double-digit lead for the entire second half to earn a 84-65 win over the Lady Eagles in American Southwest Conference play on Saturday in Abilene, Texas.
Ozarks’ (1-10, 1-5) strong first half performance was helped by senior guard Erica Eneks. Eneks totaled 15 points, including hitting 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the opening half. Eneks’ three-pointer with 11:19 remaining in the half gave Ozarks a 20-19 lead. With less than two minutes to play, Emma Cantele scored five straight points to pull the Lady Eagles within 40-38. McMurry (9-1, 6-0) came out in the second half and hit 59 percent from the field, while holding Ozarks to a 23 percent shooting clip in the final twenty minutes of play. Eneks hit a pair of free throws with 11:43 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 57-47, but McMurry reeled off a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to take control of the contest.
Eneks finished with 22 points. Cantele added 13 points and Karen Garcia had 10 points. Olivia Fisher led the team with 12 rebounds. Chandra Briggs had a team-best 6 assists. The Lady Eagles shot 19-of-21 (90%) from the free throw line in the game.