HILLSBORO — Defense was the theme. Ottawa University and Tabor College women’s basketball teams got after each other Friday in the first round of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in Hillsboro.

Tabor topped Ottawa, 44-35.

Both teams shot less than 33 percent from the field.

Ottawa went 12-for-43 (27.9 percent), 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) from behind the three-point line, and 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from the free-throw line.

Tabor shot 32.6 percent (15-for-46) from the floor, 23.1 percent (3-for-13) from behind the arc, and 68.8 percent (11-for-16) from the charity stripe.

Tabor led 17-16 at halftime. Ottawa made six field goals in each half.

Senior April Dowell paced the Lady Braves with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Amber Ramsey had four blocks and three steals.

Ottawa finished at 9-20.

Tabor (44) — Paust 6, Honn 11, Lewis 8, Mary 8, Moran 5, Zuercher 1, Tamez 5.

Ottawa (35) — Dowell 9, Ramsey 6, Skidmore 7, Meier 5, McClure 6, Buckles 2.