SALINA — The Ottawa University women’s basketball team is trying to evolve offensively.
The Lady Braves have relied on its outside shooting to score in the past few seasons.
Ottawa put more emphasis in getting the ball inside this season. The growing pains of the change are evident.
The Lady Braves attempted just nine treys, but had trouble finishing all over the court. Ottawa shot 36 percent in its 56-50 loss Thursday to Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.
Ottawa made just one trey. The offense was hampered by a combination of cold shooting and turnovers (24).
The Lady Braves defense kept Ottawa close from start to finish as Wesleyan shot just 34 percent from the field, but did hit six treys.
The game was tied four times and featured eight lead changes.
Wesleyan led 25-23 at halftime on a late bucket. The game was tied at 37-37 when Kansas Wesleyan caught fire offensively and went on a 14-2 tear to open a 51-39 lead with just under five minutes remaining.
Ottawa made a late charge, but could not come any closer than six points.
Amber Ramsey paced Ottawa with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Morgan Boore tossed in 12 points. Sarah Neptune had four steals.
Ottawa (3-7, 0-1) plays 5 p.m. today at Sterling, which was upended by Tabor in its season opener.
Kansas Wesleyan (56) — Frost 3, Cassity 7, Kresin 14, Smith 16, Olson 5, Wilson 2, Bell 2, Britton 4, Greving 3.
Ottawa (50) — Dowell 2, Ramsey 14, McClure 7, Neptune 6, Thomas 3, Frazier 6, Boore 12.