Clarksville, Ark.-University of Mary Hardin-Baylor answered every Lady Eagles' run with timely shots on their way to a 79-52 win in American Southwest Conference play Monday in Belton, Texas.
Ozarks (2-4, 0-2) had the lead for most of the first half before the Crusaders (1-3, 1-1) went on a 7-0 run in the final two minutes to hold a 39-29 halftime edge. Ozarks scored more than half of its points from behind the three-point line in the first half, shooting 5-of-8, and getting threes from four different players. April Young’s trey with 5:06 left in the half gave Ozarks a narrow 27-25 lead, but the Crusaders answered with a quick basket and never gave the lead back to the Lady Eagles.
Ozarks had their chances in the second half, cutting the deficit to 49-44 with 9:17 left in the game. However, each Ozarks push was seemingly answered with a timely Crusader basket to deny the Lady Eagles momentum.
Sabrina Goddard led a balanced Ozarks scoring attack with 13 points and eight rebounds. Nine other players scored for the Lady Eagles. Ozarks ended the contest shooting 10-of-17 from the three-point line.
Ozarks will host the NCAA III defending champion Howard Payne Lady Jackets this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in ASC play. The game can be heard on the web at www.kxio.nu.