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Stingy Defense Leads to Big Win for Lady Bobcats

Jan 07, 2020

This is number 10, Senior Lady Bobcat Ashley Forrest's head shot.
10 -- Ashley Forrest

This is number 23, Freshman Lady Bobcat Harper Little's headshot.
23 -- Harper Little

College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s basketball travelled to St. Thomas to play the University of the Virgin Islands.  On Tuesday, the Lady Bobcats defeated the Lady Buccaneers, 74-33.


In the first quarter, the Lady Cats quickly pounced to a 19-10 lead.  C of O followed that effort with a 17-4 second quarter.  Although C of O didn’t score at their typical rate in the first half, they built their lead with stingy defense, holding UVI to just 5 for 31 (16.1%) from the field. 


After the break, the Lady Bobcats blew the game wide open by shooting the ball much better.  Senior Ashley Forrest nailed 5 of 9 from downtown to lead the way with 15 points.  Freshman Harper Little matched the game-high 15 points, by driving and slashing to the paint.  By the end of the third quarter, C of O was is dominant position, 57-22.


The fourth quarter was more of the same, as C of O outscored UVI 17-11 for the 74-33 win. 


As a team in the second half, the Lady Bobcats shot 15 for 32 (46.9%) from the field including 7 for 15 (46.7%) from distance.  Defensively, C of O remained stifling as UVI managed only 6 for 38 (15.8%) for the second half.  For the game, the Lady Buccaneers shot just 11 for 69 (15.9%).  


Other notable stat leaders include Annie Noah, who led all rebounders with 11 and added six points.  Aleksei Smith grabbed seven boards, scored six points, and dished out a game-high four assists.  Abby Oliver chipped in 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting.


C of O will return to action tomorrow (Wednesday) for a rematch with UVI.