Eagles Secure No. 3 Seed In Playoffs With Win

Savannah Kate Smith has helped the Eagles secure a spot in the playoffs.

University of the Ozarks 83, Louisiana College 72
Records: University of the Ozarks (13-11, 9-6 ASC), Louisiana College (10-13, 7-9 ASC)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Clarksville, Ark. | Mabee Gymnasium

Under first-year head coach Kourtni Williams, the Eagles have qualified for the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. With a 83-72 win over Louisiana College, the Eagles have secured the No. 3 seed out of the East Division. Louisiana College did make things interesting by hanging around late in the second half, cutting it to 74-72 with two minutes left, but the Eagles didn't let the Wildcats score again. The Eagles held a 40-32 halftime advantage, but the Wildcats grabbed the lead back in the third quarter. Eventually, the Eagles went into the fourth quarter with a 60-56 advantage. After Louisiana College pulled within two points late in the final quarter, the Eagles clamped down on defense for the win. Throughout the game Hailey Ostrander seemed to hit big shots and finished with 22 points. Delanei Stephens followed with 16 points and missed just two shots from the field. Savannah Kate Smith had 14 points, while Kelsey Dixson scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.

"We did a much better job of taking care of the ball. We settled in, stuck to our game plan and grinded it out to get the win. We had an all around team offensive effort with four players scoring in double figures. I am proud of this team, their fight, constant effort and desire to win. We're hoping to keep the momentum rolling in our final regular season conference game against Belhaven and into the conference tournament."

Scoring - Hailey Ostrander (22)
Rebounding - Kelsey Dixson (8)
Assists - Kerigan Bradshaw (4)

Three starters posted double figures in scoring. Kelsey Dixson had ten points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Under first-year head coach Kourtni Williams, the Eagles qualified for the ASC Championship Tournament. The Eagles have secured the No. 3 seed in the East Division

Hailey OstranderKamryn McKinneySavannah Kate SmithDelanei StephensHannah Weatherford

The Eagles will host Belhaven University February 16 on "Senior Day". Additionally, clay target athletes Grace Brown and Jeff Proctor will be honored for their national championships.