Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles dropped a 77-55 decision to Howard Payne University in American Southwest Conference action on Thursday night.
A 10-4 run late in the first half gave Howard Payne (5-0, 3-0) a 40-24 advantage at halftime and would prove to be the difference in their 77-55 victory over Ozarks (0-5, 0-3). Ozarks hung tough for most of the first half and held a 12-11 lead at the mid-way point. Howard Payne took back the lead and eventually stretched the advantage to as many as 11 points before Becky Kimball nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 28-20 with 6:02 left. However, Howard Payne would then score 10 points and hold the Lady Eagles to 4 points over a five-minute stretch to push their intermission lead to 16 points. Ozarks could only chisel the deficit to 15 points in the second half after Erica Eneks hit a three-pointer at the 12:23 mark. Eneks led the team with 12 points and Lindsey Nietert added 11 points for Ozarks. Olivia Fisher had a team-best 7 rebounds. The Lady Eagles shot an impressive 8-of-19 (42%) from the three-point line in the contest. Ozarks will host Sul Ross State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in American Southwest Conference play.