University of the Ozarks 80, Hardin-Simmons University 72
Records: University of the Ozarks (4-5, 2-0 ASC), Hardin-Simmons University (7-2, 0-2 ASC)
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Clarksville, Ark. | Mabee Gymnasium
The Eagles won their second American Southwest Conference game in as many tries with an 80-72 win over Hardin-Simmons University Wednesday night. The Eagles needed a second half comeback as they trailed by 15 points late in the third quarter. But within the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Eagles only faced a 55-51 deficit. Hardin-Simmons then built a 62-54 advantage with only 6:19 remaining. But the Eagles hit back-to-back three-pointers and the momentum changed. Hailey Ostrander and Hannah Weatherford did the damage for the Eagles from long-range to make it 62-60. Kamryn McKinney later hit a three to tie it, but Hardin-Simmons went ahead 68-65 with 3:02 left. Another Weatherford three followed by a Savannah Kate Smith three gave the Eagles a 71-70 lead at the two-minute mark. Smith then converted a three point play and the Eagles never trailed again. Ostrander had 25 points. Smith had another strong all-around game scoring 14 points, dishing out six assists and recording five steals.
The Eagles overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to secure the win. The Eagles outscored the Cowgirls 30-17 in the fourth quarter behind five three-pointers.
Senior guard Hailey Ostrander scored 25 points for the second time this season. It was her fourth 20-point plus game of the season.
Savannah Kate Smith had another strong all-around game scoring 14 points, dishing out six assists and recording five steals.
Hailey Ostrander, Kamryn McKinney, Savannah Kate Smith, Delanei Stephens, Diamond Goodwyn
The Eagles will travel to Texas to take on Mary Hardin-Baylor December 15 and Concordia University Texas December 17.