Clarksville, Ark.-No. 19 Louisiana College used a 23-13 run in the final ten minutes of the game to secure a 86-66 American Southwest Conference win over the Lady Eagles Thursday night.
Ozarks (11-11, 7-10 ASC) will host Mississippi College Saturday in its final home game of the season. That game has been designated as Senior Day, Sports Hall of Fame Day and Homecoming. Seniors Sabrina Goddard, Lacey Phillips, Ashley Teague, Alison Villines and April Young will be honored following the women’s contest.
Against Louisiana College (19-2, 16-1 ASC), the Lady Eagles played a solid first half behind the all-around play of guard Lacey Phillips. Phillips hit 2-of-3 from the three-point line and scored 13 first half points. Phillips also was able to consistently break the vaunted Lady Wildcat press to create four assists. Louisiana College led 19-13 at the 12:53 mark of the first half, but scored seven unanswered points to build momentum. Ozarks fought to within 29-24 with 8:30 remaining in the half. Phillips then drilled a three-pointer to bring Ozarks within 29-27. Her second three-pointer gave Ozarks its second lead of the game, 34-33, with 5:56 left. However, Louisiana College ended the half with a 45-38 advantage.
In the second half, Louisiana College continued to play its run-n-gun style and held a 63-53 lead at the 10:23 mark. The Lady Wildcats then closed out the game on a 23-13 run to gain its eleventh consecutive win.
Phillips finished with 17 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Ashley Barry hit 7-of-8 from the field and scored 16 points.