Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles made a valiant second half comeback before falling to Concordia University Texas 74-59 in American Southwest Conference play Saturday.
Ozarks (6-6, 4-5 ASC) trailed 37-19 at the half, but stormed back to within single digits late in the game. Ozarks made only 7-of-28 (25%) from the field in the first half, while Concordia (9-2, 7-1 ASC) hit over 50 percent of their shots. Concordia’s Shamika Singleton paced the visitors with 14 first half points and her shot at the 7:01 mark gave the Tornados a 31-13 lead. Ozarks hit an offensive drought in the first half, scoring just two points over a six minute span to give Concordia a 33-15 lead.
Trailing 46-27 at the 16:11 mark of the second half, Ozarks made a run to cut the deficit to 51-41. An Alison Villines three-pointer at the 8:12 mark put Ozarks within 54-46 and Ashley Teague’s layup got the Lady Eagles to 56-51. A pair of Villines free throws with 3:20 remaining again put the Lady Eagles within five points. But Concordia outscored Ozarks 10-2 in the final three minutes. The Lady Eagles shot 15-of-27 (55%) from the floor in the second half but hit just 6-of-16 (37%) from the free throw line.
Villines led the team with 13 points and five steals. April Young and Sabrina Goddard had 12 points each. Ashley Teague added 10 points.
Ozarks will travel to Texas-Dallas January 9 and then host LeTourneau University January 12 and Texas-Tyler January 14.