By Shad Beam, College of Saint Mary (Neb.) Sports Information Director
OMAHA, Neb. - All streaks are meant to come to an end. Last night at the Lied Fitness Center an estimated 534 fans saw College of Saint Mary defeat 3rd rated College of the Ozarks 70-65.
The win improves College of Saint Mary to 14-6 overall and 4-2 in Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference action. The Flames are currently receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Top 25 poll. College of the Ozarks drops to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Trailing 63-53 with 3:45 remaining in the game, College of Saint Mary went on a 17-2 run to stun No. 3 College of the Ozarks. The Flames win snapped the Bobcats 24 game conference winning streak that dated back to February 2011.
"I'm very happy for our players," said head coach Chuck Brewer. "I'm proud of the hard work our women put in tonight."
Senior Jessica Zaruba had a team high 22 points for CSM. Zaruba also had eight assists and eight rebounds. Senior Karyn Bixler added 20 points and seven rebounds. Bixler finished 6 of 7 from the field and 8 of 12 from the free throw line. Tiffany Anzalone chipped in 12 points and blocked two shots.
"This is a great win for us, but we have another game on Saturday," Brewer cautiously added in reference to CSM's matchup with Central Christian College in less than 24 hours. "You can't count out any team in this conference. We need to maintain our focus and carry momentum over from one game to another."
After losing back-to-back games to start the conference portion of their schedule in January, the Flames have rattled off four straight wins.
CSM will travel to Point Lookout, Missouri on Feb. 8 for a rematch of lasts nights action.
The Flames host Central Christian College at the Lied Fitness Center at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.