McMurry University 76, University of the Ozarks 61
Records: McMurry University (4-3, 3-0 ASC), University of the Ozarks (1-5, 0-2 ASC)
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Abilene, Texas | Kimbrell Arena Center
The Eagles had a strong start to the game, but struggled in the second quarter as McMurry took a 76-61 win Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles opened play with a 14-8 first quarter lead behind five field goals and 10 rebounds. The Eagles held McMurry to just three field goals and limited them to four rebounds. But McMurry roared back in the second quarter and outscored Ozarks 25-10 to hold a 33-24 halftime lead. At the end of three quarters McMurry led 52-43 and then proceeded to score 24 points in the fourth quarter. Ozarks did trim the deficit to eight points with five minutes remaining, but couldn't get any closer. McMurry shot 41 percent from the field in the game, while Ozarks hit 37 percent. Hailey Ostrander led Ozarks with 17 points.
After leading 14-8 at the end of hte first quarter, Ozarks was outscored 25-10 in the second quarter and never recovered.
Three players reached double figures in scoring, with Hailey Ostrander pacing Ozarks with 17 points.
Destinee Manning pulled down 11 rebounds, the fifth time this season she has recorded a double digit rebounding effort.
Ozarks went to the free throw line 33 times, hitting 23.
Hailey Ostrander, Savannah Kate Smith, Diamond Goodwyn, Cassie Emerson, Anisha Johnson
The Eagles will host Mary Hardin-Baylor December 14 and Concordia University Texas December 17.