Clarksville, Ark.-UT Dallas turned up the intensity in the second half, breaking open a tight game at halftime, to rally past the Lady Eagles 74-62 Monday night in American Southwest Conference play.
UT Dallas (13-3, 10-1 ASC) held a slight 33-30 halftime lead, but came out in the second half and quickly built a double-digit advantage. The Comets also used a huge size advantage to out rebound Ozarks (4-10, 2-8 ASC) 26-13 in the second half.
The Lady Eagles rode the hot hand of Ashley Teague in the first half , as the sophomore guard scored 12 points behind a 5-of-8 shooting performance. Teague’s jumper with 2:39 left in the first half put Ozarks up 27-26. The Comets then tightened things up defensively in the second half and got a number of second chance opportunities as a result of their rebounding edge to build a 55-42 advantage with 10:55 remaining in the game. A Savannah Carter layup and another Teague jumper cut the deficit to 55-46. UT Dallas drilled a three-pointer at the 5:32 mark to extend their lead to 62-47 and put the game out of reach. UT Dallas held Ozarks to 2-of-13 from the three-point line in the second half. The Comets ended the game with a 43-28 rebounding advantage.
Teague finished with 18 points. April Young added 10 points.
Ozarks will host Central Baptist College January 21 and UT Tyler January 23.