Wesleyan tied the game at 64-64 with six minutes left in the game. Ottawa took its game to another level to stymie the visitors and outscore Oklahoma Wesleyan 12-3 the rest of the game to post a 76-67 victory.
Ottawa hit 10 of 12 free throws during that stretch and finished 23 of 30 from the charity stripe, while Oklahoma Wesleyan was 13 of 20.
“Free throws were huge,” Ottawa coach Bruce Tate said. “We wanted to win the free throw battle and we wanted to win the rebound battle. Those were two strengths of Oklahoma Wesleyan.”
Ottawa had a 43-31 advantage on the boards.
The Lady Braves clamped down on the outside shooters as Wesleyan hit 8 of 27 from behind the arc, which is well short of its 34 percent average.
“We knew they would get to their average,” Tate said of the eight treys. “We could not trade one for threes or two for threes. We showed mental toughness. When the game got tied ... how we reacted was huge. We got stops and got to the free-throw line. There is growth there. We learned from those situations.”
Ottawa won its sixth straight game and is 7-2 in its past nine games.
On area of growth came on the offensive end.
“Our offense has been struggling,” Tate said. “It is good to win a game on the offensive end. We are never happy to give up 67 points, but we closed it out by making plays.”
Senior Angelic Frazier put together her best game as a Lady Brave. She finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three steals.
“Angelic had a great night with her first double-double,” Tate said. “She came down with some huge rebounds.”
Mikayla Skidmore had 14 points and five assists.
“Skidmore made huge plays down the stretch,” Tate said. “She grew up in this game. She is starting to be that leader from the point guard position.”
Ottawa dominated inside with the combination of Amber Ramsey and Ashley Romig. Ramsey tossed in 27 points, while Romig had 11. Both had five rebounds.
“I am happy with 30 points in the paint,” Tate said. “That is our bread-and-butter.”
Ottawa (7-7, 3-1) returns to conference action 6 p.m. Thursday at Sterling.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (67) — Backward 4, Morgan 4, M. Jones 16, D. Jones 20, Tate 8, Beasley 10, Graham 3, Linihan 2.
Ottawa (76) — Ramsey 27, Romig 11, Skidmore 14, McClure 3, Frazier 11, Grammer 5, Thomas 5.