After suffering the loss to Calvary University the night before, the Lady Eagles looked to bounce back against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) and grab their first conference win. Faith put together one of their best shooting performances and topped Ozark with a 56-49 win.
The game was called tight in the first quarter, a total of 13 fouls between both teams. Ozark and Faith knew they would have to make adjustments for the rest of the game, as both teams had short benches. At the end of the quarter, the Eagles only trailed the Ambassadors 13-15.
The Eagles continued to stick with Ozark through the second quarter. Freshman Apphia Rofe found her rhythm and made a big contribution on the offensive end, scoring 8 of Faith's 13 points in the quarter. The momentum began to shift in Faith's direction when two of Ozark's players picked up their third fouls. At the half, the Ambassadors held just a 27-26 lead over the Eagles, but the Eagles were hopeful to use Ozark's foul trouble to their advantage in the second half and takeover the lead.
Coming out of the half, the Eagles put their usual third quarter struggles behind them and carried over their momentum from the first. The lack of depth of Ozark's bench was evident through the quarter. The Ambassadors struggled to get back and play defense, which allowed Faith to go on a 13-5 run at the beginning of the third and reclaim the lead, 40-32. Faith maintained a seven point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Ambassadors began to slow down even more and continued to struggle to get back on defense. The Eagles took their largest lead, 56-42, with just over four minutes left in the game. Ozark tried to make a run at the Eagles at the end, but their run came too late, and Faith would hold on for the 56-49 win.
Faith was led in scoring by Shannon Steffen, with 16 points, and Apphia Rofe, also with 16 and having one of her best games of the season. Senior Alyssa Larson put up another double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Emilie Morton also brought in 11 rebounds for the Eagles.
Next up, the Eagles will face off with North Central University (Minneapolis, MN) on Tuesday, January 24, at 4:30 PM.