Clarksville, Ark.-Concordia University Texas turned a 42-37 halftime lead into a 84-65 win in American Southwest Conference play Saturday.
April Young and Sabrina Goddard combined for 22 points in the first half to keep the Lady Eagles (7-7, 3-6 ASC) within striking distance. Ozarks struggled to take care of the ball though, committing 18 of their 29 turnovers in the first half. Ozarks did hit 53 percent of their shots, but the Tornadoes (5-6, 4-4 ASC) hit seven three-pointers in the first half.
After trailing 48-39 at the 17:57 mark of the second half, Ozarks out scored Concordia 11-5 over a five-minute stretch to climb within 53-50. Young buried a three-pointer and Lacey Phillips later scored on a layup, but the Tornadoes quickly established a double-digit advantage, leading by as much as 13 points just two minutes after the Lady Eagles had cut it to three points. Serena Clokey hit a pair of free throws to make the score 66-55 with 7:30 remaining, but that would be as close as Ozarks could get. The Lady Eagles hit 8-of-31 (25%) from the floor in the second half to make a comeback difficult.
Goddard finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ozarks. Young finished 3-for-5 from the three-point line to score 15 points.
Ozarks will travel to Longview, Texas, to face LeTourneau University January 8.