Clarksville, Ark.-The UT-Tyler Lady Patriots needed a late second half surge to pull away from the University of the Ozarks Lady Eagles and gain a 78-64 in American Southwest Conference play on Thursday night.
The first half saw Ozarks (11-11, 10-9) shoot 39 percent from the field while UT-Tyler (14-8, 14-5) shot 42 percent, resulting in a 34-34 halftime score. Chandra Briggs sparked Ozarks in the first half with 10 points and Mandi Carter came out firing in the second half, but it was UT-Tyler that executed down the stretch to gain the victory. With the score tied at 58-58 with 5:40 remaining, the Lady Patriots went on a 20-6 run to close out the game. Ozarks was hampered by a poor shooting performance in the second half, hitting only 10-of-37 (27%) of their shots, including going 0-for-8 from the three-point line. In all, the Lady Eagles hit only 32 percent from the field in the game. Briggs paced Ozarks with a career-high 15 points. Carter followed with 12 points and Lori Moon added 10 points. Olivia Fisher had a team-best 9 rebounds. The Lady Eagles will host UT-Dallas on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Saturday’s game has been designated as “Senior Day” and Hall of Fame day. Seniors Becky Kimball and Lori Moon will be recognized following their game as will the members of the Ozarks’ Sports Hall of Fame.