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Second Half Scoring Drought Hinders Ozarks’ Comeback

January 27, 2011
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks April Young sank a three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining to tie the score, 60-60, but it wouldn't matter as East Texas Baptist University made two clutch free throws with 3 seconds left to pull out a 62-60 American Southwest Conference win Thursday night.

Ozarks (10-9, 6-8 ASC) trailed 58-54 with 1:35 left in the game, but Chelsea Glasscock drilled a three-pointer seconds later to trim the deficit to one point. Ozarks then forced a turnover on the Lady Tigers (7-10, 5-8 ASC) next possession, but then gave it right back with 48 seconds left and sent East Texas Baptist to the free throw line where it made both attempts to go ahead, 60-57. Ozarks took an inside shot and got its own rebound to set up a play for Young, who made a long-range shot as the shot clock ran down. But Michelle Uzomah spoiled Young’s three by hitting both free throws with 3 seconds left.

Three costly turnovers, combined with a five-minute scoring drought, left Ozarks trailing 51-50 with 8:49 remaining. The Lady Eagles had a 50-43 lead after a pair of Alison Villines free throws around the 12-minute mark, but Ozarks wouldn’t score again until Sabrina Goddard made two more free throws with 5:14 left. Ozarks eventually got it to 56-54 with 2:08 left and forced a turnover, but again gave it back on their next possession. Ozarks hindered its chances of a comeback by hitting just 4-of-18 (22%) in the second half.

Goddard, Glasscock and Young each finished with 12 points. Lacey Phillips had 11 points.

Ozarks will travel to Richardson, Texas, to face Texas-Dallas January 31.