PINEVILLE, La. (LC) - The Louisiana College women finished their first home stand of the season on Saturday afternoon, taking on University of the Ozarks. The Wildcats had their second worst shooting performance of the season at 33 percent from the floor allowing the Eagles to come away with the 66-57 win. LC will travel to East Texas Baptist on next Thursday to take on the top-15 ranked Tigers.
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It took more than eight minutes in the first quarter for the Lady Wildcats to find their first field goal of the game, a layup from Janae Smith with 1:54 left in the quarter. Despite the 0-for-12 start to the game, Smith’s layup and another from Jayla Landrum 30 seconds later made it a 7-6 game. The Eagles took the 9-6 lead into the quarter break with neither team impressing on the offensive end.
The two teams were even through the second and third quarters, each scoring 31 points in the two periods. An and-1 chance by Landrum at the end of the third made it a 40-37 game heading into the final 10 minutes. Things changed quickly as Ozarks started the fourth with an 11-2 run that included three straight trips down the floor with good shots from behind the arc, giving them a 51-39 lead two minutes into the quarter.
The Wildcats got back within eight on a jumper from Smith at 53-45, but a long ball answer on the other end made it 11 again and took the momentum that LC had picked up. A 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line by the Eagles kept the game at arms length as the Wildcats tried their best to work back closer.
Kourtney McGhee ended the game with a three from the corner, giving her 21 for the afternoon, but the game had already been decided. Landrum and Smith also each finished with double digit points in the game.
The 21-point effort from McGhee brings her to within one basket of being the next player to join the Louisiana College women’s basketball 1,000-point club. She is also one assist shy of 250 and 14 rebounds short of 400 for her career.
McGhee and the Lady Wildcats will take on nationally ranked ETBU next Thursday night at Ornelas Arena in Marshall, Texas with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Stay connected to Louisiana College women’s basketball by following @LC_WBB on Twitter. For general athletics new follow @LC_Wildcats on Twitter or like Louisiana College Wildcats on Facebook.