CCCB junior Autumn Gunter scored 23 points on Saturday during the Saints' 73-72 loss at Ozark Christian College.
Womens Basketball

CCCB women run out of gas in final minutes at Ozark Christian

Joplin, Mo.

The Saints led from nearly start to finish, but a late push in the final three minutes gave Ozark Christian College a 73-72 victory over Central Christian College of the Bible's women's basketball team on Saturday at OCC.

Central Christian (4-6, 0-1 MCCC) shot 49 percent in the first half and enjoyed a 40-34 lead at intermission. They pushed their lead up to 61-50 by the end of the third quarter and took a 14-point advantage with 8:22 left to play.

From there, Ozark Christian (7-4, 1-0 MCCC) used a 21-8 run to finish out the game, including an 11-3 surge in the last 3:28. With 33 seconds reaming, Madison Schaper scored the final basket of the night, giving the Ambassadors their first lead since the opening quarter.

The Saints shot just 36 percent in the third quarter and 25 percent in the fourth. They managed to sink just one of their 13 attempts from behind the arc.

The Ambassadors only shot 35 percent for the game, 24 percent (7-for-29) from 3-point range and 44 percent (10-for-23) from the free throw line. Their big advantage was second chance opportunities where they hauled in 20 offensive rebounds.

Autumn Gunter led the Saints with 23 points. Lauren Mills added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Ta'Lor Branch scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Makenzie Purinton led Ozark Christian with 17 points on 4-for-8 shooting from behind the arc. Blake Burns scored 16 points and Schaper had 12.

The CCCB women play one final game before taking a break for Christmas. They host Nebraska Christian College on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.