Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles were handed a loss to a tough Mississippi College team in American Southwest Conference East Division play on Saturday afternoon in Clarksville.
A poor shooting night plagued the Lady Eagles’ (7-13, 3-6) chances of an upset of the top team in the East Division as Mississippi College (18-3, 9-1) secured a 62-45 win and remained atop the league standings. Ozarks shot just 16-of-53 (30%) from the floor and 9-of-18 (50%) from the free throw line in the game, but held a 39-35 advantage in the rebounding department. "We’ve been shooting the ball extremely well in practice, but when we get into a game situation we’ve been struggling," said head coach Jack Jones. "Mississippi College played good defense, but it was mostly just a matter of us missing shots. Shooting thirty percent from the field is not going to win a game in this league. However, I was happy with the way we rebounded the ball. That’s something we have focused on lately and I thought the girls did a good job of going after missed shots. Hopefully, we can put some things together and keep our heads up and pick up some wins on the road next week." Mississippi College held a 30-19 lead at intermission, but the Lady Eagles cut the deficit to eight points in the second half on several occasions. Lori Moon’s jumper with 10:34 made the score 41-33, but Mississippi College would increase its lead to 50-35 over the next three minutes. Junior guard Kerri Hughes led Ozarks with 12 points. Mandi Carter followed with 10 points while grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.